A fireball was spotted in the sky above Northern Ireland yesterday, shocking locals who believed it may have been a meteor.
The phenomenon was spotted by James McRobert and Nakita Mulligan while they were sitting in their home in Banbridge, Co Down, last night at around 9.20pm last night (August 9).
At first, the pair thought it may have been part of the Perseid Meteor shower but they soon realised it seemed too big to be part of it, according to BelfastLive.
James said: “I was sitting on the sofa when Nakita shouted at me to come and look at something she had seen in the sky.
“I wasn’t sure what she meant at first but when I saw it I was shocked.
“I had heard that there is meant to be a meteor shower visible at the moment, but it looked to be too big and bright to be a meteor.
“It was just a big fireball going through the sky, I have never seen anything like it before.”
The Perseid Meteor shower is an annual event that lights up the night skies over Northern Ireland, usually between July 17 and August 24.
It takes place when the Earth cross the orbital path of Comet Swift-Tuttle. Debris from the comet hits the Earth’s upper atmosphere at around 130,000 miles per hour creating the meteor shower we can see.
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