The amazing moment a meteor lights up the sky above the Brazilian city of Recife has been caught on camera.

In the incredible clip, taken on Wednesday at around 10pm, the sky is illuminated with red and yellow light as the meteor crosses the sky.

Locals immediately took to social media to express their surprise at the awesome sight.

'A flaming ball broke apart as it fell towards the ground,' wrote one user on Facebook.

Recife Meteor
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The meteor was part of a shower coming from the constellation Orion, experts say.
'The flash lasted about five seconds with intense light coming from the object.

'It was beautiful!'

Twitter users said the flash had been seen in other parts of the country including Pernambuco, Paraiba, Alagoas and Rio Grande do Norte.

According to local experts, the meteor was part of a shower coming from the constellation Orion, caused by debris in the trail of Halley's Comet, which passes close to earth every 76 years.