Meteor fireball over eastern England
© Mark Page
The meteor was caught on camera
People in Lincolnshire were left amazed after a meteor was spotted streaking across the night sky in Lincolnshire.

The meteor was spotted by people across the county and even seen as far away as London.

The UK Meteor Network, which tracks the phenomenon in the UK, said it had received 21 reports of the fireball from people living across five counties at 9.52pm last night, Sunday, February 16.


Comment: The American Meteor Society has over 80 reports of the meteor fireball from all over the UK and even from the Netherlands.


The fireball was seen travelling from North to South and cast a bright light which motorist Mark Page, from Sleaford, caught the fireball on his dashcam while he was driving through the town last night.

He said it was a wonderful thing to see and he loved that he was able to share it with his son.

"We were on Grantham Road, turning right onto St Edmunds Road when we saw it," he said.

"It was certainly an unexpected sight. It looked like it was flying from North West to South East in the direction of Heckington.

"My son Lewis says he was surprised - at 14 years old it was his first sighting. We loved the colours when the meteor broke up.

A number of other people posted sightings of the meteor on social media.

One delighted person wrote: "After 22 years I have finally seen my first meteor fly across the sky! Please tell me we are not the only ones to have seen this tonight."

Another wrote: "I thought it was really bright so I googled it and I thought it could've been a bolide (a really bright exploding meteor)."

Some people were left confused by what they had seen.

"I thought it was a firework until it didn't make any noise," wrote one person.

Another added: "My husband saw it and he though it was firework."

A meteor is piece of ice or rock from space that enters the Earth's atmosphere and begins to shine brightly due to heat caused by friction when it falls through the air.

Most meteors break up while in the air, but those that make it to the ground are known as meteorites.