Residents from Hampshire, Yorkshire, Cork, and Dublin were left scratching their heads when a bright green meteor lit up the night sky. Footage captured the “fireball” flying across the UK and he Irish Republic, with driver Sean Linehan being one of many witnesses to the incredible phenomenon at 7pm yesterday, The Mirror Online reports. He shared it on his Twitter page when he captured the footage on his dashcam.

He said: “Bright meteor/fireball flashing across the sky.

“Footage doesn’t do it justice, very cool.”

He gave the video the hashtag #greatballsoffire.

Paul Willows, from South Yorkshire, also saw the meteor while driving Conisburgh to Rotherham.

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Residents from Hampshire, Yorkshire, Cork, and Dublin were left scratching their heads (Image: TWITTER)

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He gave the video the hashtag #greatballsoffire. (Image: TWITTER)

He said: “I checked back on my cam that I bought new only last week.

“I was delighted that I caught a glimpse of it – I might keep the camera on the sky in future!”

Hampshire residents were shocked when the meteor zoomed across the sky last night and also posted clips of it, along with the other 190 others detected due to an unexpected meteor shower. Astronomy Ireland confirmed the show of light was completely unexpected.

A spokesman said: “We’ve had sightings all over the country. From Cork to Clare, Fermanagh to Dublin, Sligo, Galway.

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The sightings come amid fragments Halley’s Comet briefly streaked across the autumnal skies (Image: GETTY)

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“It wasn’t a firework folks, despite the week that’s in it!

“They don’t make them that big yet. Sounds like a meteor or a fireball.

“Thanks for the reports and keep them coming.

“Meteors are rarely expected. They’re just pieces of rock, or space dust colliding with Earth’s atmosphere and burning up. Comets are the ones we can predict.”

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The sightings come amid fragments Halley’s Comet briefly streaked across the autumnal skies last week.

This is because the annual Orionid meteor shower again peaked during its regular rotation around the Sun.

The stunning shooting star show featured trailed meteors appearing so bright they were easily visible even to the naked eye.

Astronomers were lucky to spot one or two fireballs grazing the atmosphere.

The comet itself has a long 75-year orbit, but its remains are scattered along its route.

A few week-long period around October or November witnesses Earth pass through this field of asteroid debris.

The comets slam into Earth’s atmosphere at incredible speeds and incinerate, creating the meteor shower.

US-based space agency NASA calculates comets are capable of reaching speeds of up to 41 miles per second (66km per second) as they hurtle across the heavens.

Royal Observatory Greenwich said in a statement: “The Orionid meteor shower is one of the best known and most reliable meteor showers in the annual calendar, visible from across the globe.

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“Some people view the shower as extra special as the meteors are actually pieces of Comet 1P/Halley, famously known as Halley’s comet.

“The famous comet swings by the earth only once every 75 to 76 years but this annual shower provides some compensation for those who may miss that once in a lifetime event.”

The next predicted perihelion of Halley’s Comet is 28 July 2061.

The comet is expected to be better positioned for observation than during the 1985–1986 apparition, as it will be on the same side of the Sun as Earth.

It is surprisingly simple to see the Orionids with the naked due to the intensity of the meteor shower.

However cityscapes, light pollution and cloudy weather can hinder your chances of catching a glimpse of the Orionids.

Heading away from urban areas to the countryside on a clear night, far away from nearby light will yield the best results.



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