Huge meteor spotted burning over Scotland and Northern Ireland (videos)

Huge meteor spotted burning up over Scotland and Northern Ireland (videos)

The UK Meteor Network has received over 200 reports of the “fireball” spotted in the night sky around 9pm on Wednesday September 14.

Videos shared online showed a large bright object flying left to right at a downward angle followed by a long tail.

People have been found to spot the ball of light in the sky over parts of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.

Many UK residents also reported hearing a loud bang as the object entered Earth’s atmosphere and broke the sound barrier.

Huge meteor spotted burning over Scotland and Northern Ireland (videos)

Alan McGowan, from Dunblane, Stirlingshire, said: ‘I saw it moving slowly across the night sky as I walked through Dunblane with my dad around 10pm. It was a huge burning green ball with a flaming orange tail. It was amazing to see. At first we thought it was a crashing plane or helicopter, then we realized it was probably a meteor.

Danny Nell, 21, witnessed the meteorite while walking his dog in Johnstone, west of Paisley and Glasgow.

He said:

“I was walking my dog ​​and it was oddly 10 p.m. sharp, and I just saw the flash in the sky and pulled out my phone and recorded it.

“I first thought it was fireworks because there was a lot of Scottish football going on, but I quickly realized that wasn’t the case and just grabbed my phone. to see if I could catch him.”

Some witnesses claimed the object crashed north of Glasgow although there was no evidence of an impact.

Hours after announcing it was “investigating to determine what the object was – a meteor or space junk”, the UK Meteor Network has now announced that the object, which was seen burning up in the atmosphere for about 20 seconds, was “definitely a meteor”.

The UK Meteor Network said the object stopped between 50km and 100km (31-62 miles) west of Islay.

“It came into an asteroidal orbit and entered the atmosphere at 14.2 km/s,” the network tweeted. “The observed part of the trajectory covered more than 300 km. If meteorites fell, they would end up in the ocean.”

The panel said it was “now 100% sure it was a small part of an asteroid”.

Some scientists also used video footage captured by the public to determine whether the object was a meteor or space junk, and where it came from.

Here are some videos captured by social media users below…..

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