21:17:50. Washington UK pic.twitter.com/b6dzGZT5md
— Louise M (@LouiseMety) February 19, 2021
- Meteor Exploded So Brightly It Triggered Doorbell Cams Across Northern England
Residents in northern England and Scotland were treated to a spectacular celestial display this week when a suspected bolide exploded as it struck the Earth’s atmosphere. The night skies over northern England exploded into light for a brief second courtesy of the huge flash, with residents marvelling at what it might be, anything from a military test to a crashing plane.
Thankfully, several people received alerts of suspicious activity on their doorbell cameras, only to discover they had, in fact, managed to record the ethereal, extraterrestrial effulgence.
“I’ve seen meteors before but this one I was stunned by the colour, the length of the fireball and the length of time it was in the sky,” said one stunned resident.
Reports streamed in to the International Meteor Organization (IMO) and the UK Meteor Network from all over the northern UK about the celestial pyrotechnics display, which occurred at roughly 21:20 local time.
Taken from my dashcam on drive home. Warning, loud music. pic.twitter.com/KNw7KCqebE
— Chris (@Chainz45) February 19, 2021
Last night we got some really interesting meteors pic.twitter.com/cBYM51H228
— UK Meteor Network (@UKMeteorNetwork) February 19, 2021
Multiple visual reports of a fireball over Scotland last night (18th Feb '21). Denis Buczynski's south facing camera (in Tarbatness) detected it at 21:17:49, at an almost due south azimuth, passing just to the left of Orion. Hoping others caught it too. pic.twitter.com/74T1lRcAU0
— William Stewart (@nemetodemeteor) February 19, 2021
— Paul Bunyard (@wildaboutimages) February 19, 2021