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Massive ‘multi-coloured’ meteor spotted shooting over UK homes

Callum Jones

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Massive ‘multi-coloured’ meteor spotted shooting over UK homes

If you were out and about last night or happened to have a quick glance out of your window - you may have spotted something usually in the sky.

That's because many Brits spotted a massive 'multi-coloured' meteor flying in the night sky on Monday (9 January), leaving many stunned.


Seeing meteors in the night sky is not uncommon; last year, The UK Meteor Network recorded and matched 1,615,558 meteors from 186 cameras.


And within just days of the start of 2023, skygazers have been left stunned after spotting a fairly unique meteor.

The official Met Office Twitter account posted a tweet last night saying that there were reports that a meteor was over the UK.

They wrote: "Reports of a meteor in the sky over the UK just now. If you managed to take any footage we'd love to see it."

This led to hundreds of Brits posting fascinating photos and videos of the meteor - all from different parts of the country.

Skygazers were left shocked by the meteor. Credit: Twitter/@andrewawhite
Skygazers were left shocked by the meteor. Credit: Twitter/@andrewawhite

One Twitter user said: "I’ve just seen a stunning meteor burning across the sky 20.03 tonight 9th January South [Hertfordshire].

"It was so low down and clear and beautiful! Golden coloured."

While another Twitter user posted a video of video of the meteor alongside a plane in the clear night sky 'for scale'.


The video shows the meteor being a bigger presence in the night sky to the jumbo jet, which was apparently recorded from Peckham.

Another person added that they saw the 'most astonishing' meteor from Southampton, while another was shocked by the sighting in Somerset.

A person in Exeter was left shocked after while walking their dog, they said: "I saw this walking my dog in Exeter Devon. I couldn’t believe what I saw."

Meanwhile, photographer Amanda Cunningham, said: "Saw this from Bookham in Surrey this eve, was huge, didn’t get time to film it but was breathtaking!"

The meteor was also spotted over the skies of Sheffield. Credit: Twitter@craig_sheff_9
The meteor was also spotted over the skies of Sheffield. Credit: [email protected]_sheff_9

Conservative MP Tom Tungendhat also spotted the sighting, with him taking to Twitter saying he had spotted the 'amazing meteor' over Westminster at just past 8pm last night.

While many meteors are recorded over the UK skies every year, very few are actually clearly visible in the night sky.

This meteor was described as 'massive' by many, but even the smallest meteors can be visible because of how fast they travel and bright they shine.

Featured Image Credit: @loggers2001/ Twitter

Topics: UK News, Science

Callum Jones
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