Under normal circumstances, it’s easy to dismiss most of these objects as shooting stars / meteors, but this giant object just might have been bits of space hardware. These “bright lights were seen streaking through the sky in the North of England, Northern Ireland and Scotland; they were seen as far as the Shetland Islands in Scotland as well as in Wales and Norfolk in East Anglia.” Continue reading for three videos and more information.

Jim Ramsay, 44, spotted the bright light while taking pictures of the night sky near Squinty Bridge in Glasgow city centre. ‘I was taking photos when I suddenly saw this really bright white light approaching,’ said Jim, from Glasgow.’It kept coming towards me and I wondered what it could be as it didn’t seem like a plane or a helicopter and was too bright for a Chinese lantern. ‘It was visible for at least 45 seconds, then it split into about 10 pieces all travelling at the same rate, before disappearing. ‘It was really spectacular and the talk of the town afterwards.’

Civil engineering student Craig Usher, 23, was taking photos of the north star at Loch Thom in Scotland when he saw the meteor out the corner of his eye. ‘I suddenly saw this flash out of the side of my eye and saw a meteor breaking into about 20 pieces,’ said Craig, who is a student at Glasgow University. ‘They were heading relatively slowly across the sky so I quickly turned my camera around and started taking some photos.

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