Meteor sighting reports opposite Britain

Media captionThe video was taken by a camera in Church Crookham during 03:16 GMT

A splendid meteor has been sighted over Britain in a early hours.

Witnesses have described a intent as a immature peep relocating south to north for a few seconds, withdrawal a magnesium-white trail.

Sightings have been reported in locations including London, Hampshire, Stafford and on a easterly seashore of England during 03:16 GMT.

Its colour has stirred people on Twitter to report it as a St Patrick’s Day meteor.

‘Not uncommon’

Describing a meteor as “spectacular”, Dr John Mason of a British Astronomical Association pronounced it was splendid adequate to be categorised as a fireball.

He believes it was a square of vast stone that roughly positively came from a asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

He pronounced a immature colour was caused by a meteor heating adult a oxygen in a earth’s atmosphere.

“Meteors of this kind are not uncommon,” he added, observant he estimated there was during slightest one a week over a UK.

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Richard Bassom

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The meteor over Ringwood in Hampshire

Richard Kacerek, from a UK Meteor Observation Network, told a BBC it had perceived reports from opposite a country.

He pronounced a network’s camera during Church Crookham in Hampshire had prisoner a meteor from a west.

“This is a biggest meteor sighting we have recorded,” Mr Kacerek said.

“It lasted for a few seconds. It was seen for hundreds of miles. We have perceived a series of emails.”

He pronounced a network of astronomy enthusiasts available about 10 to 15 meteors each year.

An astronomer during a Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation during a University of Portsmouth, Dr Karen Masters, pronounced thousands of these objects strike a Earth each day.

She said: “Most of them over a oceans or over void tools of a world. It is utterly singular that one goes over such a populated place and be so bright.”

She pronounced a distance of this meteor would count on a quickness though it was substantially as large as a tennis ball.


  • Meteors are tiny rocks or particles of debris, mostly no incomparable than a pellet of sand, that bake adult as they enter Earth’s atmosphere during high speed
  • On entering a atmosphere, these particles feverishness a atmosphere around them, causing a light that can be seen from a ground
  • To be called a fireball a meteor has to seem brighter than a world Venus
  • Meteors can be travelling by a atmosphere during speeds between 8 and 40 miles per second
  • If a meteor survives a thoroughfare by a atmosphere and impacts with a Earth’s surface, it is afterwards called a meteorite

Source: British Astronomical Association

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