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Meteor spotted across night in England | Large meteor flashing with blue & Green light with tail

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Published on May 9, 2013

Meteor spotted across night sky in England and Wales

Meteor spotted across night in England | Large meteor flashing with blue & Green light with tail

A meteor has been spotted travelling across the night sky by people in many parts of England and Wales.

There have been reports from around England and Wales of a large meteor flashing across the night sky.

Witnesses described a blue or green light with a tail behind it, experts believe it may have been part of the debris left by Halley's comet.

Sightings of the celestial body were reported on Twitter in areas such as Cornwall, Lancashire, Wales and Worcestershire.

The meteor was captured on CCTV in Cardiff.

There have been reports from around England and Wales of a large meteor flashing across the night sky.

Witnesses described a blue or green light with a tail behind it, experts believe it may have been part of the debris left by Halley's comet.

Sightings of the celestial body were reported on Twitter in areas such as Cornwall, Lancashire, Wales and Worcestershire.

A meteor has been spotted travelling across the night sky by people in many parts of England and Wales.

Sightings of the celestial body were reported on Twitter in areas such as Cornwall, Hampshire, Lancashire, south Wales and Worcestershire.

Suzy Buttress, of Basingstoke, described witnessing the meteor as a "once in a lifetime thing".

Space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock said the phenomenon was likely to have been debris from Halley's Comet.

'Ball with tail'
Ms Buttress, who was driving home on the M3 when she saw the heavenly object, told the BBC: "It was amazing, so big, bigger than a shooting star. It had a strange greenish tinge to it, with a definite tail behind it.

"This was definitely a ball with a tail. It took its time going across the sky. It went behind a cloud, then came out the other end.

"At first I hoped it wasn't an aircraft crashing. It's a once in a lifetime thing."

Richard Escott, a security supervisor for the BBC in Cardiff, explained what he saw.

"I was standing outside having a bit of fresh air and as I turned round I saw this very bright blue light which was dimming," he said.

"It was coming very steadily, progressing across the night sky, but it was at sort of building level and then died out to nothing. I saw it for about five, 10 seconds."

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