There have been more than 200 reports of a mysterious “fireball” crossing the night sky over Northern Ireland and Scotland.
UK Meteor Network said it began receiving reports of a fireball spotted around 9pm on Thursday.
The network said it was “checking to ascertain what the object is – a meteorite or space debris,” adding that most of the reports came from northern Ireland and Scotland.
Danny Neal, 21, was walking his dog in Johnston, west of Glasgow, when he saw the fireball.
“I was walking my dog and it was strange that it was 10pm on the dot, I saw the flash in the sky and I took out my phone and registered it,” a Glasgow resident told the Palestinian News Agency.
“I thought it might be 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.”
Did you just see a meteor fly over Johnston?? pic.twitter.com/lPK14hTzxl
– dn (dannynellx) September 14, 2022
Steve Owens, an astronomer and science reporter at the Glasgow Science Center, watched the fireball as it passed over Scotland on Wednesday evening.
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.
“And normally, if you see a meteor or a rising star, it’s just little streaks of light, lasting for a split second, that’s been streaming across the sky for at least 10 seconds—maybe longer than that—and I traveled from the south all the way to the west, so it was A very beautiful scene.”
He said it was likely to have landed but added that it was “extremely unlikely” it had landed in Scotland.
“Normally these very little streaks of light, these little falling stars, they all burn up and everything disappears and evaporates into the atmosphere, but the thing that happened last night was more than a little bit of dust,” he said.
“Last night it might have been the size of a golf ball or maybe a cricket ball, maybe even bigger, so it’s certainly not impossible that the little bits would have fallen.
“It looked like it was traveling a reasonable distance, as these things do, and was fairly flat across the sky as I saw it.
“The UK Meteorite Network, which has hundreds of reports from across Scotland and beyond, will be able to triangulate all of these reports to determine their course.
“It looked to me as it was heading… It was definitely heading west, and given that the people of Northern Ireland were reporting seeing it, it would have passed over land and ended up in the Atlantic, but certainly not impossible that I had landed—find It will be a challenge.”