Did you see 'meteor' over Sheffield last night?

Eagle-eyed residents spotted ‘bright, burning lights’ in the sky last night – amid reports of a ‘meteor’ over Sheffield.

Monday, 17th February 2020, 3:57 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 3:05 pm

The rare phenomenon was sighted all over the country just before 10pm last night (Sunday, February 16).

One Sheffield resident reported seeing a ‘meteor-like object crashing from the sky’ just before 10pm last night, while they were standing near Sheffield General Cemetery.

They described it as ‘bright light followed by a series of other small lights, like burning magnesium.’

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Twitter user Matthew Hicks said he also spotted the ‘huge meteor’ over the city.

The UK Meteor Network, a group of astronomers who collect reports of meteor sightings, said they had received more than 21 'fireball' reports over Sunday night.

According to their website, a fireball is ‘simply a bright meteor streaking across the sky’.

They come in a variety of colours and speeds and appear ‘randomly’ throughout the year.

A meteor shower (pic: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)