The fireball that lit up the night sky was made up of space debris, the experts conclude

The fireball that lit up the night sky was made up of space debris, the experts conclude

A “brilliant fireball” seen in the skies over parts of Britain is believed to have been space debris, experts said.

The UK’s Meteor Network said it received nearly 800 reports after the fireball was spotted in the night sky on Wednesday.

The organization said that after studying many videos of the incident, it is now of the opinion that “it was space debris”.

It comes after people spotted the ball of light in the skies over parts of Scotland, Northern England, and Northern Ireland.

The network tweeted: “There have been nearly 800 reports of the fireball being seen in the UK last night.”

He said the preliminary trajectory was calculated by the International Meteor Organization and this “indicates that the object, which we now believe to be space debris, would have landed in the Atlantic south of the Hebrides.”

The network added: “After studying many videos of last night’s fireball over Ireland, Northern England and Scotland, we are of the opinion that it was space debris.”

Reports will start arriving around 9pm on Wednesday, mainly from Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Danny Nell, 21, was walking his dog in Johnstone, near Glasgow, when he saw the fireball.

He told the PA news agency: “It was oddly enough 10 o’clock, and I just saw the lightning in the sky, took out my phone and taped it.

“At first I thought it might be a firework because there was a lot of Scottish football, but I quickly realized it wasn’t and I just picked up my phone to see if I could get it.”

Steve Owens, an astronomer and science writer at the Glasgow Science Center, saw the fireball as it passed overhead.

He told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland program: “It was incredible. I was sitting in my living room at exactly 10 last night and I saw out the window, to the south, this bright fireball, this meteor darting in the sky, and I could tell it was something special because I could see through broken cloud.

“It wasn’t perfectly visible; I could see that it was fragmenting, breaking, there were small fragments coming out of it.

“Normally, if you see a meteor or a shooting star, it’s just tiny streaks of light, lasting a split second. This crossed the sky for at least 10 seconds, probably more than that, and traveled from south to west, so it was a truly incredible sight.

He said it’s possible he could have landed, but added that it’s “highly unlikely” that he did in Scotland.

He said, “Normally these tiny streaks of light, these little shooting stars, they all burn and everything fades and evaporates into the atmosphere, but the thing last night was bigger than a little bit of dust.

“Last night’s one could have been the size of a golf ball or maybe a cricket ball, maybe bigger than that, so it’s certainly not impossible that the pieces could have landed.”

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