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!!
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
What are meteors?
- Usually dust or sand grain-sized rocks travelling at hundreds of kilometres per second
- Burn up on entering atmosphere, creating bright streaks
- Seen “randomly” on most clear evenings
- “Meteor showers” seen several times per year
- Formed when Earth passes through comet debris
Source: Meteor witnessed across Britain BBC
Thanks to Sam for the report/comment on Orange balls of light seem over South London.