Monday, February 25, 2013

Mystery Light/Fireball over Somerset Avalon Marshes, Photos

The mystery of the Somerset 'meteor': Wildlife photographer catches flaming object streaking through West Country sky.

Mystery fireball captured on film in Somerset
The ball of light looks like the meteor that rocked central Russia on Friday

It also looks a lot like a Chinese sky lantern, or a firework

Has the South West of Britain had a brush with a meteor similar to the one that rocked central Russia on Friday? Probably not, but mystery still surrounds this mysterious object captured hurtling across the British sky by a wildlife photographer.

Stunned Annie Henderson, 65, was taking pictures of starlings on the Somerset Levels with a friend when she saw the bright light moving at high speed.

Annie Herderson was stunned to see this fiery object in the sky above a nature reserve

A close up to the mysterious object

Annie, who is keen wildlife photographer, captured the image on February 6 over the Avalon Marshes nature reserve at Shapwick Heath, Somerset.

The distant light moved at high speeds, the photos were taken Feb 6 over Avalon Marshes

Is it a meteor or chinese lantern, the distant light appears to be burning with flaming gases or moving at a very high rate of speed burning up in the atmosphere. 

She said: 'We were out photographing the starlings at 5.25pm and saw the bright thing in the sky, but thought it was just a high flying plane or a satellite. 'It was only the next morning that I uploaded the pictures on my computer and saw what was on the pictures when I zoomed in.

'I didn't know what to think, it was amazing. There was no sound and you could see it with the naked eye.

'I've never seen anything like it before, and I've lived on the levels for 17 years. Nobody seems to know what it was.' On Friday a meteor crashed in Russia's Ural mountains - injuring at least 950 people, as the shockwave blew out windows and rocked buildings.

Reader Joe King read this story and sent in this picture of another mysterious object in the sky in the Middle East on February 8.

He said: 'I saw a similar object in the sky above Dubai on Friday 8th February around 6pm local time.

'They look very similar.'

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