It’s not uncommon to see people’s necks craned towards the sky on New Year’s Eve, but people looking towards the heavens in the UK saw something other than fireworks this year.
A large, round object that appeared to be glowing green, was seen shooting across the stars to the amazement and confusion of onlookers.
Vision of the moment was captured by the dashcams of a number of cars that were on the road at 5.30 that evening, and it’s easy to see why people were puzzled.
Bright green light in sky over Warmington, Northants. Slower and much brighter than shooting star, but too fast and bright to be plane etc. #ufo— Ian Brant (@Brantytweet) December 31, 2017
Saw a UFO passing the skies of Kirkcaldy. Looked like a green firework, but travelling across the sky, illuminating the clouds, breaking up before I lost view. I'm the skeptic but I've never seen anything like it. Wonder if someone else seen? #ufo— Ken Bowie (@KRBowie) December 31, 2017
On social media, witnesses speculated that it may have been aliens or a rouge firework, but the International Meteor Organisation has called it a fireball, and received 706 sighting reports from across England and Scotland that night.
A fireball is a very bright meteor that looks a lot like a shooting star. They’re only visible for a few seconds.
People have reported seeing them in a range of colours including yellow, blue, red and green.
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