A large meteor seen in the sky over the UK, near a rainbow light display. Credit: Mike Ridley.

Massive Fireball Witnessed Over The UK By Countless Observers

Article Updated: 23 Dec , 2015


On the evening of March 3rd 2012 at approximately 21:40 GMT, an incredibly bright fireball/bollide was seen over the United kingdom.

Many people were outside enjoying a clear evening under the stars, or going about their ordinary business when they spotted the amazingly bright object shooting across the sky. Nearly all of the observations from the public from across much of the country described the object as a very bright fireball traveling from north to south and disappearing low in the sky.

The image above is from Mike Ridley, who said, “I was out tonight photographing the global rainbow display at Whitly Bay and saw this bright light hurtling across the sky. I quickly turned the camera to capture it as it flew overhead. With the naked eye I could see it white hot with an orange tail & really low in the sky. I thought it was a massive firework rocket.”

See two videos of the fireball, below.

Most accounts give a duration of around 10 to 15 seconds and the fireball showed a bright orange nucleus with a bright green tail. There was some fragmentation as the fireball ploughed through the atmosphere.

At present, it is unknown whether any pieces of the object survived and hit Earth’s surface, but there is a high possibility that if it did, it landed in the ocean.

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4 Responses

  1. Tim Lewis says:

    Mysterious fireball over England?!?! Where’s the Doctor?!?!

  2. The ghost of Princess Diana?

  3. alanator says:

    Mike Ridley was a good hockey player, although I`m sure it`s not the same guy!(lol)

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