A huge meteor was seen across most of Britain last night (Saturday 3rd March 2012) and sparked concerns that a plane had crashed…

We had a report last night saving a strange light had been seen over Stockport.

just seen what i first thought was a comet across the sky over stockport. i was just having a cig on the porch when i saw this circular object traveling at a amazing rate of knots from north to south. I live beneath the manchester airport flight path but this was nothing like a plane, it was orange/red in colour and had a large tail with it. was very very peculiar and i am sure it was a comet but yet i cannot find anything that suggests it was. mental!!

Amazing footage: Filmed on Saturday 3 March 2012 at approx 21:30. A family outing to the laser lights displayed at St. Mary’s Island Whitley Bay and captured a bit of video of a meteorite going overhead. The bright spot in the video is the moon and as it is disappearing in the distance it is travelling south.

Police forces say they have received a number of calls reporting what is believed to have been a meteor.

Reports of a “bright light” and an “orange glow” came in across the north of England and Scotland at about 21:40 GMT amid fears a plane had crashed.

The Met Office tweeted: “Hi All, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite.”

Durham Police said air traffic control had confirmed there had not been any incidents of aircraft in difficulties

Source: Meteor witnessed across Britain BBC

Thanks to Sam for the report/comment on Orange balls of light seem over South London.

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This article has 3 comments

  1. YouDon'tSay_Ay!

    Whitley Bay Meteor as herein : MrAlan: Great to see some better resolution video. Great shot and editing for closer a slower observation. Thanks. I didn’t know we had a meteor until just now! Great. Would it have skipped right on out the atmosphere or landed. I bet if kept going, looked like that sought of trajectory. Wasn’t it kind of slow – even real-time – for a meteor, if I didn’t know better I’d think it was a low orbit or even sky vehicle of strange order. It was clear it was close and there seemed little degradation/ decline/ decay in its trajectory, size, brightness, or speed. In which case, if far away, it must have been a whopper.

  2. Janet

    I’d gone to the riverside at South Shields to see the laser artwork on the night before my birthday. My sister in law pointed out a bright light heading towards us from the direction of Whitley Bay. We thought it was a flare, but soon realised it wasn’t as it sailed over our heads. It felt so close that we could have lifted our hands and touched it.

  3. barry g n day

    Did anyone else see The low flash of light accros Manchester Last night.Poss after 9 before 10 on 8th May 2013,It was very fast very low and very bright.See planes regular but much higher consisting of a few flickering lights,this was completely different,I can’t have been the only observer