A British observatory has captured the frightening moment a huge meteorite flashed through the night sky.
Astronomers at the Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth, Devon, heard reports that a massive shooting star had been spotted streaking across the sky in the early hours.
They rewound the observatory’s two fixed cameras to reveal the flaming meteorite as it exploded over them.
The incident happened on Monday morning at at 2:04am.
Dave Jones of the Sidmouth Radio Astronomy Group said: “We have two cameras that watch for meteors during darkness, so upon hearing the news I logged in to check our data and see if we had captured anything.
“Fortunately the meteor passed in front of both of our cameras so we ended up with two videos of the same event.
“Due to cloud and raindrops on the camera lenses the image was not as