Sunday, 4 March 2012

Meteor Lights Up UK Sky (Sat 3rd March, 2012)

Meteor Lights Up UK Sky (Sat 3rd March, 2012)

Last night on Saturday 3rd March at approximately 21:45 a meteor flashed across the night sky in the UK, for all I witnessed it first-hand unfortunately I was unable to react fast enough to capture it on camera. However with this being the ‘information age’ many hundreds of people did capture it on camera and many more thousands either witnessed, tweeted or blogged about it as well as calling the emergency services to report it. In fact, much to the credit of the vast majority of witnesses who didn’t recognise it as a meteor and called the emergency services as the general consensus was that they were calling just in case they were witnessing an aircraft in trouble.

UFO-Blog.com Meteor Animation

While the reports were centered mainly around Scotland and the North/North-East reports also came in from as far South as Peterborough (DailyMail). And Adrian West, of Meteorwatch, said he had seen reports of sightings from “Scotland to Devon.

(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).
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.

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.

[...]

"(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."

(Source: ITN)
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.

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