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Last Updated: Thursday December 09 2010 11:38 GMT

Meteor fireball lights up the sky over the UK!


Meteors sighted over the UK!

Lots of people have reported seeing a bright streak of light across the sky on Wednesday night - which looked like a meteor.

People from England, Scotland and Wales have all said they spotted the light at about 5.30pm.

Some said it was a little bit scary because it was so bright.

If it was a meteor, it's really unusual because they don't happen very often and only appear in the sky for a very short time.

Those who did see it said it was in the sky for about three seconds before it disappeared.

Tina Baxter says she saw a bright light when she was driving home.

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"It was heading north and it appeared directly in front of me," she said. "It was travelling east to west.

"At first I thought it was a firework, but it was travelling at a funny angle - across then down.

"It was a bit scary because it was so massive and incredibly bright. When I got home, my brother was there, and he said he saw it as well"

Experts say it was likely to be a type of meteor called a fireball - which is a lump of space rock about the size of your fist, burning up as it enters the Earth's atmosphere.

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