Experts said a fireball seen falling into the sky over parts of Northern Ireland was a meteor.
The UK’s Meteor Network said it had received nearly 800 reports after spotting a blazing orb in the night sky over Northern Ireland and Scotland on Wednesday night.
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.”
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 read: “(The meteor) came into the orbit of an asteroid and entered the atmosphere at a speed of 14.2 km / sec.
“The observed part of the track covered more than 300 km.
“If any meteors fell, they ended up in the ocean.”
yes. The final analysis is in! The fireball over Niue and Scotland last night was definitely a meteor. The fireball observed yesterday (September 14, 20:59:40 UTC) lasted over the UK for more than 20 seconds and traveled northwest, passing directly over Belfast. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/GnV70S13B8
British Meteor Network (UKMeteorNetwork) September 15, 2022
Software developer Stuart Baddley commented, wondering if the meteorite had caused a crater, and if so, what size, to which Grid replied, “Probably nothing. It was too small.”
Reports of flaming space matter began to emerge around 9pm on Wednesday, mainly from Scotland and Northern Ireland.
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Steve Owens, an astronomer and science hub at the Glasgow Science Center, saw the fireball as it passed.
He told Good Morning Scotland on BBC Radio Scotland: “It was unbelievable. I was sitting in my living room at exactly ten o’clock last night and I saw from the window, due to the south, this wonderful fireball, this meteor shining across the sky, and I could tell it was It was something special because I was able to see through the broken cloud.
“It wasn’t completely visible; I could see it was crumbling, disintegrating, and there were little bits going off of it.
“Normally, if you see a meteor or a rising star, they are just very small streaks of light, and they last for a split second.
“This person had been zipping across the sky for at least 10 seconds – maybe longer – and traveled from the waiting south all the way to the west, so it was a very nice sight.”
He said it was possible it had landed but added that it was unlikely it had landed in Scotland.
Others across Northern Ireland and Scotland have taken to social media platforms to share photos and videos of the suspected fireball.
One eyewitness, 21-year-old Danny Neal, said he was walking his dog west of Glasgow, when he saw the fireball.
“I was walking with my dog and it was weird it was 10pm on the dot and I saw the flash in the sky and I took out my phone and registered it.
“I thought it might have been a firework 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,” he said.