WATCH: Video footage of car-sized meteorite seen over Sheffield

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Astronomers have captured the moment a meteorite turned into a fireball as powerful as a nuclear explosion just 21 miles above the Earth and headed over Sheffield.

Footage of the ‘car-sized’ meteorite burning up in the atmosphere was so good because it was destroyed much lower than the usual 50 to 70 miles up.

UFO? Mystery ‘fireball’ seen in night sky over Sheffield

Experts believe it broke off an asteroid in orbit between Mars and Jupiter and headed towards earth at 100,000mph.

Fragments of the rock which made it to Earth are worth ten times the price of gold.

The video was recorded by the United Kingdom Meteor Observing Network at Portadown on Sunday at around 10.10pm.

The clip, uploaded to YouTube by the UK Meteor Observation Network, shows the massive dash of light fly across the sky at Portadown and Lurgan.

At around 10:10pm on Sunday night the huge ‘fireball’ was seen right across the country, lighting up all of the whole island like daylight for about 5 seconds.