Huge Meteor Spotted Burning Up Over Scotland And Northern Ireland
Videos shared online showed a large bright object flying from left to right in a downwards angle followed by a long tail.
Alan McGowan, of Dunblane, Stirlingshire, said: ‘I saw it arc slowly across the night sky as I drove through Dunblane with my dad around 10pm. It was a huge burning ball of green with an orange flaming tail. It was amazing to see. At first we thought it was a crashing plane or helicopter then realised it was likely a meteor.’
“I thought it may be a firework at first because there was a lot of Scottish football on but quickly realised it wasn’t and just grabbed my phone to see if I could catch it.”
Hours after announcing that it is “investigating to ascertain what the object was – a meteor or space debris”, the UK Meteor Network have now announced that the object, which was seen burning through the atmosphere for about 20 seconds, was “definitely a meteor”.
“It came on an asteroidal orbit and entered the atmosphere at 14.2 km/s,” the network tweeted. “The observed portion of the trajectory covered over 300km. If any meteorites did fall, they ended up in the ocean.”