'Massive' fireball reported in sky over England

England fireball

Credit: Courtesy Kris Goodier

Kris Goodier captured this image of the fireball over Cheshire, England.



Posted on March 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 3 at 10:43 PM

A large meteor was reported in the skies across England on Saturday night.

Video posted on YouTube shows a bright ball with a glowing tail streaking across the sky.

The BBC reported that the Ministry of Defence had no comment about reports of a fireball, but quoted reports from people who claimed to have seen the "massive" celestial object.

"I got a perfect view of tonight's meteor for about 20 seconds driving up the M1," tweeted Stew Graham. "It was magical and beautiful."

"Initially we thought it was an aircraft on fire, but the speed and brightness said otherwise," Ross Niven of Monifeth, Scotland wrote in an online post. "A truly amazing, once-in-a-lifetime sighting!"

"As an experienced amateur astronomer, this is the longest and brightest fireball I have ever seen," wrote Phil Randall in Sutton-in-Ashfield, England. "The object broke into four or five pieces directly above the viewing location."

On February 1, hundreds of people witnessed a meteor streaking across the North Texas sky. Astronomers searched for remnants of the object in Van Zandt County.