A huge green ball of fire crosses the sky in Britain

A huge ball of fire was filmed crossing the sky in Britain.

The dazzling meteor burned over South West England just after midnight on Thursday, with sightings in South Wales, Hertfordshire and West Sussex.

UK Meteor Network (UKMON), which operates a network of 153 detection cameras recording meteors and fireballs over the UK, said the fireball was picked up by fifteen of its cameras at 00:39 BST (23:39 GMT).

More than 250 members of the public also reported on the event via the UKMON website, after capturing images and footage on their dashcams and video doorbells.

Several reports claimed the fireball had a green color, which may indicate the composition of the meteoroid, suggesting it has a higher magnesium content, according to UKMON.

Over 250 members of the public reported the event via the UKMON website, after capturing images and footage on their dashcams and video doorbells.

UKMON described it as a

UKMON described it as a “significant fireball” and a “very significant meteor event”, adding that “some cameras are completely oversaturated”.

The event was also captured on the Fripon (Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation Network) and GFO (Global Fireball Observatory) camera systems.

Each network, including UKMON, shares recorded data with UKFall (The UK Fireball Alliance) to calculate the trajectory of potential meteorite falls over the UK.

“Preliminary analysis of the UKMON data shows a terminal altitude of around 30 km above ground and a speed of 6.9 km/s, which is exciting,” said Richard Kacerek, founder of UK Meteor Network, at MailOnline.

“This information means that there is still a potential fall!”

“But we might need a wetsuit and a snorkel as any meteorite probably fell in the Bristol Channel.”

The dazzling meteor burned over South West England just after midnight on Thursday, with sightings in South Wales, Hertfordshire and West Sussex.

The dazzling meteor burned over South West England just after midnight on Thursday, with sightings in South Wales, Hertfordshire and West Sussex.

According to UKMON, several reports claimed that the fireball had a green color, which could indicate the composition of the meteoroid.

According to UKMON, several reports claimed that the fireball had a green color, which could indicate the composition of the meteoroid.

Preliminary analysis of UKMON data shows a terminal altitude of around 30 km above ground and a speed of 6.9 km/s

Preliminary analysis of UKMON data shows a terminal altitude of around 30 km above ground and a speed of 6.9 km/s

THE WINCHCOMBE FAMILY FACED A METEORITE FOR COAL BLOCKS

A family who had a meteorite landing outside their Cotswolds home said they believed someone had gutted a barbecue on their driveway.

Hannah Wilcock, 25, and her parents were stunned to learn that the ‘chunks of coal’ they heard hitting their car on the night of February 28 were fragments of a Meteorite 4.6 billion years old.

Weighing around 300g in total, the meteorite pierced the sky and crashed into their driveway in Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.

The meteorite is one of the most valuable space rocks to ever fall on the UK and metal detectors have scoured fields in Gloucestershire.

Hannah said she was inside her parents’ house when she heard a loud noise. She told the BBC: ‘When I heard it fall I got up and looked out the window to see what was there.

“But because it was dark, I couldn’t see anything. It wasn’t until the next morning when we came out that we saw him on the driveway – sort of like a splash.

“And in all honesty, my initial thought was – has anyone been driving around the Cotswolds throwing lumps of coal into people’s gardens?”

Ross Watkins captured the sight on his dash cam in Herefordshire, traveling west towards Bromyard.

He said: “It was hugely impressive and I’m glad I caught it on my dashcam.”

Kevin and Johanna Stubberfield were taken by surprise when the sky was lit up for a few seconds by the fireball as they approached their home in Enborne, Berkshire.

Ms Stubberfield, 48, said: ‘I was sleeping so I only caught the end of it but Kevin woke me up because he was so surprised.

“Kevin had no idea what it was and we didn’t know what the dash cam footage would show until we got home.

“All we could see was bright green to begin with, we think the meteor’s brightness was too high for the camera, then suddenly we saw the meteor trail as clearly as anything.”

‘It was amazing.’

The hunt is still on for a meteorite that is believed to have landed in Shropshire last month, after a fireball was spotted in the sky on April 13.

Scientists from the UK Fireball Alliance (UKFAll) believe that fragments of the meteorite landed somewhere south of the market town of Shrewsbury.

Aine O’Brien of the UK Fireball Alliance told BBC News the rock is likely older than Earth and could unlock more knowledge about the solar system.

However, after three weeks of searching, and despite some “really promising” submissions, no fragment of the meteorite has yet been officially found.

The meteorite fragments are believed to be shiny, almost iridescent and dark in color. The boulders could be as small as a fingernail but no bigger than a fist and would be heavy for their size.

Each network, including UKMON, shares recorded data with UKFall (The UK Fireball Alliance) to calculate the trajectory of potential meteorites falling over the UK

Each network, including UKMON, shares recorded data with UKFall (The UK Fireball Alliance) to calculate the trajectory of potential meteorites falling over the UK

UKFAll says if you think you've found a meteorite you shouldn't pick it up with your bare hands, but use tin foil or a sandwich bag

UKFAll says if you think you’ve found a meteorite you shouldn’t pick it up with your bare hands, but use tin foil or a sandwich bag

Explained: The Difference Between An Asteroid, Meteorite, And Other Space Rocks

A asteroid is a large piece of rock left over from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt.

A comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them much farther from the solar system.

A meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns.

These debris themselves are known as meteoroid. Most are so small that they vaporize into the atmosphere.

If one of these meteoroids arrives on Earth, it is called a meteorite.

Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites normally come from asteroids and comets.

For example, if the Earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris burns up in the atmosphere, forming a meteor shower.

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