A bright meteor lit up the night sky over the United Kingdom last night. The Irish Times reported that police stations across Britain were recieving numoerous calls about the fireball crossing the sky. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a huge fireball travelling from northern Scotland to southern England at about 9:40pm on Saturday.
The Met Office tweeted: “Hi All, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite.”
Adrian West, of Meteorwatch, said he spotted the meteor in Berkshire and believed it could have gone down in the English Channel or the Bay of Biscay.
The timing and location was somewhat perfect for maximizing the visibilty of the event. As such, several people were able to photogrpah and video the meteor. Some the best video and images have been posted on universetoday.com.
A fireball lit up the sky over western Canada yesterday evening as a meteor came streaking through the atmosphere. The bright light was reported at 9:40 pm local time and was visible from a large area of western Canada. The above video was recorded south of Calgary, Alberta, which gives scope to just how bright this meteor display was.
Dr. Alan Hildebrand of the University of Calgary speculates that the meteor could have been up to 100 kg before it broke up. The professor of geophysics went on to say that he calculates it landed somewhere near Rockhaven (now aptly named), Saskatchewan, which is southwest of North Battleford.
“I would say this was a good size,” Hildebrand said. “One witness in Rockhaven who was out walking, saw the ground light up around them and looked up to see it in the sky almost overhead.”
Video Courtesy of Sandia Laboratory All Sky Camera from south of Calgary.