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VIDEO: Giant green meteor spotted in night skies above Cornwall

By CGCharlotte  |  Posted: May 09, 2013

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A giant green meteor was spotted by astronomers in the skies above Cornwall

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A LARGE meteor was spotted in the sky above Cornwall in the early hours of this morning.

Experts have said the phenomenon was likely to have been debris from Halley's Comet.

Brian Sheen, from Roseland Observatory, told the Cornish Guardian that he believed the meteor was space debris.

The large lump of space rock was seen by people across England and Wales and Twitter was abuzz with reports of sightings.

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A meteor spotter with the handle @VirtualAstronomer, wrote "The meteor fireball was witnessed from Cornwall to the Scottish [sic] borders."

A man Tweeting from Nottingham, @TwitFlickR, described it as a "green fireball that lasted about seven seconds."

Closer to home, in Dorset, @Phantomrw808 wrote: "I saw the meteor last night, only for about 3 seconds, it was bright green. #dorset"

@femmegeek from Birmingham said on Twitter: "Thing was huge!!!"

Watch officer Richard Williams said Falmouth Coastguard received a possible flare report last night at about 10pm over The Manacles, at the Lizard, from someone saying they saw a white flashing light which moved across the sky then disappeared.

But he said it was likely to be an aircraft as it was reportedly white and moving linearly.

"I'm pretty certain it wasn't a meteor because we had quite a lot of helicopter activity in the area at that time," he said.

"But we would always encourage people to call us if they think they see something strange and we will look into it to make sure it's nothing untoward."

Did you see the meteor? Tweet us @CornishGuardian

 

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