Experts said a fireball seen falling into the sky over parts of Ireland was a meteor.
The UK’s Meteor Network said it received nearly 800 reports after spotting a burning orb in the night sky over Northern Ireland and Scotland on Wednesday.
Scientists used video footage taken from members of the public and analyzed the data to see if the “cool fireball” was debris or matter from outer space.
They said the object, which lasted more than 20 seconds, was a “definitely a meteorite,” adding, “We are now 100% confident that this was just a small part of an asteroid.”
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The network said that the end of the meteor’s flight was not observed on the camera, but it ended over the North Atlantic Ocean, about 50-100 kilometers west of Elle Island, the southernmost point of the Inner Hebrides.
An updated tweet from the organization wrote: “It’s [the meteor] It came into orbit of an asteroid and entered the atmosphere at a speed of 14.2 km / s.
“The observed part of the track covered more than 300 km.
“If any of the meteors actually fell, they would have ended up in the ocean.”
Software developer Stuart Badley commented, asking if the meteorite had caused a crater, and if so, what size the network responded: “Maybe nothing. It was too small.”
Reports of flaming space matter began to emerge around 9pm on Wednesday, mainly from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Danny Neal, 21, was walking his dog in Johnston, near Glasgow, when he saw the fireball.
He told the Palestinian News Agency, “It was strange that it was 10pm on the dot, and I saw the flash in the sky and took out my phone and registered it.
“I thought it might have been a fireworks at first because there was a lot of Scottish football, but soon realized it wasn’t and I grabbed my phone to see if I could catch it.”
Steve Owens, an astronomer and science hub at the Glasgow Science Center, saw the fireball as it passed.
He told BBC Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “It was amazing. I was sitting in my living room at exactly ten o’clock last night and I saw from the window, looking south, a wonderful fireball, this meteor streaming across the sky, and I could tell it was It was something special because I could see through a broken cloud.
“It wasn’t quite visible; I could see it was chipping, crumbling, there were little bits going off.
“Usually, if you see a meteor or a rising star, it’s just very small streaks of light, and they last for a split second. This one was strewn across the sky for at least 10 seconds—maybe longer than that—and traveled from the south all the way to the west, So it was a very nice sight.”
He said it was possible she had landed but added that it was “highly unlikely” that she had done so in Scotland.