Meteor over the UK may be the brightest ever seen
A blue and green flash in the night sky over Britain was a massively bright meteor that passed over in the initial hours of Thursday, March 17.
Sightings of the fireball were reported in locations including London, Hampshire, Stafford and on the east coast of England.
Named the St Patrick’s Day Meteor, the fireball has set a new record as the biggest meteor ever spotted by the UK Meteor Observation Network (UKMON).
UKMON said that “initial calculations” recommended its brightness was around -7 on the magnitude scale, which lies somewhere among a full moon and a crescent moon on the astronomical magnitude scale.
Dash-Cam video captured the moment it streaked across the sky in the early hours of the morning.
— Paul Gilbert (@PaulGilbertDj) March 17, 2016