Very bright fireball over the English Channel

Very bright fireball over the English Channel

A very bright fireball was seen and recorded above the English Channel at 22:38 UTC on June 1, 2017. The fireball lasted several seconds and was primarily seen from England.

The UK Meteor Network (UKMON) started receiving reports just minutes after the event. "It appears a very bright meteor/fireball, lasting few seconds has been spotted from Nottingham to Guernsey and as far as French Lorient and Rennes," they said.

The American Meteor Society and the International Meteor Society received 68 reports by 17:00 UTC on June 2. Five people said a sound was associated with the event, while one witness said he saw fragmentation.

Fireball over the English Channel June 1, 2017 - Heatmap

Fireball over the English Channel June 1, 2017 - Heatmap. Credit: AMS

After a detailed search, UKMON's Wilcot station got a match:

Bright fireball over the English Channel on June 1, 2017

Bright fireball over the English Channel on June 1, 2017. Credit: UKMON/Wilcot

The image below shows a rough direction of the object:

Bright fireball over the English Channel on June 1, 2017 - Direction

Bright fireball over the English Channel on June 1, 2017 - Direction. Credit: UKMON/ Wilcot

Credit: UKMON/Wilcot

Featured image: Bright fireball over the English Channel on June 1, 2017. Credit: UKMON/ Wilcot

Comments

Tanna Headen 6 days ago

Did anyone see the moon & sun form a figure 8 in the morning sky on june 2nd 2017 at 8:28 a.m central time
First we seen what looked like a full moon and I was upset that I had missed a full moon, but the Moon looked strange I could almost not make out if it was the moon or the Sun then all the sudden the sun popped up above the Moon making a Figure 8 they stated a figure 8 for a little bit and then the sun went behind the moon and then the color that radiated out all around it was purplish-blue and rays made an X shape in the sky it lasted about 30 seconds has anyone else seen that

Richard Patterson 18 days ago

Yes we saw this too - my wife was in Florence Italy at the time on a roof top at that exact time! Amazing!

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