Meteor Lights Up UK Sky (Sat 3rd March, 2012)
Meteors are commonly spotted in the skies above the UK but very rarely are they so close and seldom are they seen practically the length & breadth of the country. Also of note is the fact that practically every MSM website -and newspaper from what I’ve seen so far- has stayed away from using UFO in the headline or indeed the main article/s, the Telegraph did briefly mention a tongue-in-cheek Twitter comment made whilst the meteor was still burning up regarding an alien invasion but it was hardly the crux of the article.(Meteors are particles from space that burn up in a streak of light as they enter the Earth's atmosphere, whereas meteorites are larger objects that survive the trip and reach the surface of the Earth).
Well, all except, ‘The Sun’ that is, who decided to run the story with the headline of, “'Fireball' in sky causes UFO fever” and let’s be honest, ‘The Sun’ barely qualifies as a comic let alone a reliable source of news…
The following is among the better YouTube videos that show the meteor:
The video was uploaded by YouTube user HATCHETHAS with the following comment:
“Large fireball captured with my meteor cam 3rd March 2012 9.40, camera is south east facing. Location is the North East of England.Dr David Whitehouse, an author and astronomer, said: The Kielder Observatory also reported the sighting of a "huge fireball" travelling from north to south over Northumberland at 9.41pm, tweeting that:
"Judging by its brightness, it may have have been large enough to survive and hit the ground but until people work out its trajectory we won't have any idea where it might have come down.And the news reports are still coming in thick & fast page and look likely to continue as can be seen on the Google news page/s.
"(The) object was about the size of a fist and was probably the debris of a planet that never properly formed. There are tens of thousands of bits of rock and grains of sand orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. Some of it comes out of that orbit and some of it hits the Earth."