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Meteor fireball shoots across UK sky amazing residents in astonishing footage

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A stunning "fireball" meteor has been filmed flying through the sky over the United Kingdom.

The "very bright" meteor was seen in several places in the UK, with one man in St Albans, Hertfordshire spotting it at around 12:40 am this morning, May 12.

Another man, in South Wales, said he saw it, describing the phenomenon as like "someone setting off a white flare beside me."

A third man, Chris Chadfield, was lucky enough to catch the fireball on CCTV, which showed the time as 12:40 and the location as Crawley, West Sussex.

"Chris Chadfield caught the fireball on camera! Looks just as I saw it. For reference Moon was at magnitude -10.9," wrote astronomer Will Gater.

"Another bright meteor fireball over the UK last night at 23:40UT."

UK Meteor Network said they received over 200 public reports after a fireball last night at 23:39.

In January, people across the UK reported seeing a flaming meteor light up the sky – as shocked spectators stood in awe of the spectacle.

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Spectators saw the blue and green flaming rock over large parts of Scotland, as well as parts of England, and Wales.

But reports of something strange in the sky come from as far as the Netherlands.

After shooting across the sky the meteor eventually burned up in the earth’s atmosphere before its debris crashed to the ground.

One onlooker told the Daily Record: "It appeared from nowhere and travelled at speed, losing altitude as it passed."

While stargazers in North Wales told North Wales Live: "It was going so fast we questioned ourselves. I’m so glad you posted this. I no longer feel like I was seeing things!"

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