“I’ve seen similar fireballs over the past 10 years, but nothing quite as spectacular as this.”
On Wednesday evening, thousands of spectators in Ireland and the UK watched in awe as the green fireball of a low-flying meteor streaked across the night sky over residential areas.
First spotted after dark, the fireball rolled over 1,000 reports at the International Meteor Organization. In other words, there were a lot of eyeballs on that burning space junk.
And luckily for all of us back home, those viewers captured the fireball on video from many different angles. Take a look at some of the best below.
One of a kind
This is a particularly fascinating example of an everyday phenomenon. It’s not every day that you see a meteor as bright, brightly colored, or low to the ground as this one – low enough that some witnesses said they could hear it during its flight, according New York Post.
Indeed, the meteor’s eerie shimmering green spectrum gave off an otherworldly aura as it streaked across the night sky before disappearing behind a plume of clouds.
‘Spotted in West Cumbria looking west over the Solway at about 10:00 p.m., very long tailed and slowly trailing across the sky,’ one observer said. say it Daily Mail. “I’ve seen similar fireballs over the past 10 years, but nothing quite as spectacular as this.”
Naturally, speculation abounded about the nature of the meteor, covering everything from the usual space rock, to a Starlink re-entry, or – apologies in advance. — aliens.
According to the British Meteor networkthe fireball was probably just a piece of space junk, a conclusion scientists from the UK Fireball Alliance agree with.
“There’s a good chance it’s space junk, unfortunately,” said planetary scientist and Fireball Alliance member John Daly. Told new scientist, warning that they are still finishing the calculations. “[The fireball] had a very low entry angle, a substantial amount of fragmentation, which is typical of space junk, and it feels slow. Space rocks tend to be a bit faster.”
However, the UK Meteor Network tweeted later that he couldn’t find”any known space junk or satellite de-orbit that could explain this fireball.“
Junk or not, it made for a beautiful and fascinating show, and it’s worth something.
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