Fireball
© Martin Kessel
Martin Kessel captured the object as it flew over Weston Coyney in the early hours of Thursday morning.
A Potteries star-gazer captured the moment a meteor lit up the skies across North Staffordshire.

Martin Kessel captured the object as it flew over Weston Coyney in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The former Newcastle-under-Lyme High School pupil has a camera set up to monitor the skies over Stoke-on-Trent - in the hope of capturing activity in the atmosphere and beyond.

And Martin was in luck, posting the video on his Youtube channel, where he described it as 'large, very bright meteor or fireball' which passed over at 2.02am.


After capturing the incredible footage over the south of the city Martin, whose videos of meteors in North Staffordshire date back to 2009, speculated that it could have been a 'bit of space debris' on his Facebook page.

The footage comes after NASA announced the discovery of an earth-like planet - maybe they should consider relocating to the Potteries to monitor the skies.

You can view more of Martin's space activity shot in the Potteries on his YouTube channel.