Published on Saturday 22 September 2012 20:15
AMAZED skygazers saw a huge fireball streaking across the sky last night above Sheffield and the rest of South Yorkshire – believed to have been a meteor or “space junk”, writes Graham Walker.
It sparked emergency calls from some worried folk who were puzzled by the bright light, which broke up before fading away.
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Astronomers had not been expecting a meteor shower and there were some suggestions that it could be pieces of space junk breaking up in the atmosphere.
But the Met Office tweeted they believed it had been a meteorite.
Some observers initially feared it was a crashing plane, while some even worried that it could be an alien invasion.
They told how the objects broke up it trasvelled east to west across the sky, leaving an orange and green tail behind it.
It was clearly seen throughout the North of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland, with people in Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds, Blackpool and Dumfries posting tweets of the event around 10.55pm.
Harry Walker, aged 14, of Hoyland, Barmsley, said: “It was incredible. It was a bright fireball with sparks comming off it from behind, like a firework.
“It appeared to be low in the sky and took quite a while to fly across the horizon. It was amazing. We didn’t know what we had seen but then everyone on Twitter was calling it a meteor.”
So wish, that I had witnessed this display of Natural beauty and chaos.
A wonderment moment. indeed !
If you seen it then raise your hand !