Meteor explodes in sky in mind-blowing phenomenon witnessed from UK

A fireball was filmed streaking through the sky on Friday (January 22) as a small asteroid hit Earth's atmosphere and could be seen on both sides of the Channel, according to witnesses.

The blast from the incoming small space rock was so bright that almost 200 people witnessed the phenomenon, with residents of the UK, France, Belgium and the Netherlands all lucky enough to catch a glimpse, Express.co.uk reports.

In stunning footage, the meteor is caught blazing against the backdrop of the night sky as it violently reacts with Earth's atmosphere.

The video, filmed in the Netherlands, shows a streak of light growing in size over the horizon, appearing to swell as it comes closer and closer.

As the space rock approaches landfall, it burns up and disintegrates as it crashes at speed towards Earth.

Excited stargazers and sky-watchers from the UK reported the sighting to the International Meteor Organisation (IMO) and shared what they saw.

One person said: "It was by far the biggest and brightest thing I have ever seen of this type.

"Very, very bright, very large, and the longest visible path I've seen too.

"Wow moment for me."

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Another person added: "I just happened to glance up and caught it descending.

"It was like a flare fizzling out as it descends."

"This just appeared in the sky like a flash and flew down to the horizon in a second – amazing," marvelled another witness.

Someone else reported: "I distinctly remember seeing a minuscule flash about a minute beforehand and then the explosion of a bright green and then white flash and a fall of matter."

Fireballs occur when a meteor or another space rock hits the atmosphere and air seeps into the pores of the rock, causing it to explode.

The International Meteor Organisation (IMO) said: "Fireballs are meteors that appear brighter than normal.

"Due to the velocity at which they strike the Earth's atmosphere, fragments larger than one millimeter have the capability to produce a bright flash as they streak through the heavens above.

"These bright meteors are what we call fireballs and they often strike fear and awe for those who witness them."

This comes after Amazon boss Jeff Bezos is said to be planning to send tourists into space "as early as this April" this year.

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