Home footage has captured the incredible moment a meteor exploded in a fireball over Northumberland.
Ruth Rose, 25, got a text alert from her security camera after it detected suspicious movement outside her home in Ashington, on Thursday night.
When she and her partner Mark Newson, 26, checked the footage, they were stunned when they saw the celestial fireworks display lighting up the night sky.
Ruth Rose, 25, got a text alert from her security camera after it detected suspicious movement outside her home in Ashington, on Thursday night
It is believed the eight-second clip, shot at 9.18pm, shows a meteor known as a bolide crashing to earth and disintegrating in the atmosphere
What is a Bolide?
A fireball is another term for a very bright meteor which is about as bright as Venus in the morning or evening sky.
A Bolide is a special type of fireball that explodes in a bright flash at its end.
Several thousands of meteors of fireball magnitude shoot across the Earth’s atmosphere every day.
But the vast majority of them happen over the oceans and uninhabited regions and many are masked by daylight.
A fireball has to be brighter than magnitude -6 to be visible in the day.
Vivid colours are also sometimes reported by observers.
It is believed the eight-second clip, shot at 9.18pm, shows a meteor – known as a bolide – crashing to earth and disintegrating in the atmosphere.
Mother-of-one Ruth, who works as a lab technician, said: ‘We were watching TV when we got a text notification saying the camera had detected suspicious motion.
‘We’d only just bought the Blink camera recently but we were pretty stunned when we saw this firery image on screen.
‘One of my friends is an astronomer and I sent it to him and he said it was either a meteor or a fireball of some kind.
‘I couldn’t believe me eyes when I saw it. It’s got a strange green tinge to it with flames clearly visible.’
The incredible sight was spotted by hundreds of people across Northumberland, which is one of the best places in the UK to go star-gazing.
Writing on Facebook, John Preston said: ‘I live in Alnwick and thought I was seeing things at first.
‘I was out with the dog and this huge fireball flew across the night sky.
‘I know the military do a lot of live training at nearby Otterburn so thought it might be something to do with that but I actually think it was more likely to be a meteor.’
The bizarre sight was spotted by hundreds of people across Northumberland which is one of the best places in the UK to go star-gazing
Northumberland was awarded protected Dark Sky Park status in 2013.
The US-based International Dark Skies Association (IDA) granted Gold Tier Dark Sky Park status to the combined areas of Northumberland National Park and Kielder Water & Forest Park, between Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish border.
The reason why Northumberland is so good for stargazing is because of the low levels of light pollution in its remotest areas.