WATCH: Fireball lights up sky around Cork 

WATCH: Fireball lights up sky around Cork 
Footage of the meteor or fireball captured by Lisa Donegan in Fermoy.

A giant fireball has been spotted streaking across the sky over Cork and was also seen across the country and in the UK 

The object, apparently a meteor, appeared in the skies at 6.54pm on Monday and was visible as far east as South Yorkshire, but was seen most clearly over Ireland.

Driver Sean Linehan captured the "bright fireball" on a dashcam fitted to his car outside Banteer but said the footage "doesn't do it justice".

Driver Sean Linehan captured the "bright fireball" on a dashcam fitted to his car outside Banteer but said the footage "doesn't do it justice".
Driver Sean Linehan captured the "bright fireball" on a dashcam fitted to his car outside Banteer but said the footage "doesn't do it justice".

David Moore, founder of Astronomy Ireland confirmed that the object was most likely a fireball or a meteor: "The sighting last night was probably a fireball, which is a meteor that appears brighter than normal or it was a shooting star (meteor). 

"Most people reported it as having a blue/green hue, but sometimes they can be red - it just depends on the different elements within it."

Lisa Donegan in Fermoy also captured clear footage of the event. 

 

Residents in Charleville, Glanmire, Dundalk, Waterford, Tipperary and further afield confirmed that they too had spotted the fireball.

Paddy Maher, from Laois, discovered he had captured the meteor on a security camera outside his house after reading about the sighting on Twitter.

"I checked back on my cam that I bought new only last week," the 35-year-old plasterer told the PA news agency.

"I was delighted that I caught a glimpse of it - I might keep the camera on the sky in future!"

Paul Willows spotted the meteor as a distant light while driving in South Yorkshire and also managed to record the moment on his dashcam.

"It was a decent fireball that was visible for a few seconds beyond what I managed to capture," the 45-year-old from Conisbrough told PA.

"I've seen plenty of ordinary 'shooting stars' but nothing as impressive or as big as that one.

"I'm a bit of a star gazer and spend a fair amount of time looking upwards but that was a first... I shouted out quite loudly!"

A meteor is a high-velocity body of matter from space which illuminates the sky due to friction with the atmosphere.

Astronomy Ireland has requested that anyone with images or footage of last night's fireball email them with the material on magazine@astronomy.ie.

Space enthusiasts should note the next meteor shower of significance will take place around December 12. 

It is an annual event known as the Geminid meteor shower.

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