VIDEO: A slow-moving ball of fire lights up the night sky across Scotland

VIDEO: A slow-moving ball of fire lights up the night sky across Scotland

Hundreds of people across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England spotted an unusual fireball lighting up the night sky on Wednesday. Aine O’Brien, a PhD student at the University of Glasgow and a member of the UK Fireball Alliance, who tracks meteor sightings. The fireball was visible in the sky for 10 to 20 seconds – an unusually long period of time for a meteor – but the way the object broke up in the night sky suggested it was a space rock. asked people to process the images and determine the trajectory,” O’Brien said. “At the moment, we can only guess. Either way, it was an incredible event.” Most of the fireballs are only visible for a few seconds, she said. A meteorite that hit a driveway in central England last year fell in the sky for seven seconds.The fireball was spotted around 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday.The relatively early hour, plus the clear night sky, meant that many people saw the ball even in built-up areas such as Glasgow, O’Brien said Many of those lucky enough to spot the fireball shared videos from mobile phones and door cameras on social media of the debris. “Judging from the videos recorded by the public, it seems to be moving much slower than a meteor,” he said. Cis Verbeeck, president of the International Meteor Organization, said the group had received more than 800 reports on its website, then used these inf information to compile a possible trajectory of the fireball. The path of the fireball suggested that it passed over the Northern Channel, which separates Scotland and Northern Ireland, and ended its journey somewhere above Islay, an island off the west coast of Scotland.

Hundreds of people across Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England spotted an unusual fireball lighting up the night sky on Wednesday.

Video above: ‘Fireball’ lights up the sky over Scotland

It was unclear whether it was a meteor or space junk, said Aine O’Brien, a PhD student at the University of Glasgow and a member of the UK Fireball Alliance, which tracks sightings of meteors. The fireball was visible in the sky for 10 to 20 seconds – an unusually long period of time for a meteor – but the way the object broke up in the night sky suggested it was a space rock.

“It has properties of both. We have people processing the images and determining the trajectory,” O’Brien said. “At the moment we can only guess. Either way, it was an incredible event.”

Most fireballs are only visible for a few seconds, she said. A meteorite that hit a driveway in central England last year fell through the sky for seven seconds.

The fireball was spotted around 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday. The relatively early hour, plus the clear night sky, meant many people saw the fireball even in built-up areas such as Glasgow, O’Brien said. Many of those who were lucky enough to spot the fireball shared videos from cell phones and door cameras on social media.

Video below: A security camera captures a series of fireballs in the Scottish sky

Richard Kacerek, founder of the UK Meteor Observation Network, said the group’s initial assessment was that it was space debris. “Judging from the videos recorded by the public, it appears to be moving much slower than a meteor,” he said.

Cis Verbeeck, president of the International Meteor Organization, said the group received more than 800 reports on its website and then used that information to compile a possible trajectory of the fireball.

The path of the fireball suggested that it passed over the Northern Channel, which separates Scotland and Northern Ireland, and ended its journey somewhere above Islay, an island off the coast of the west coast of Scotland.

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