A British man has inadvertently captured stunning CCTV footage of a meteor hurtling through the skies over Wigan. Blake Kerwin, 22, filmed the extraterrestrial incident on his home security camera in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Mr Kerwin was reportedly awoken by a notification on his phone linked to the home CCTV.
I was stunned when I saw it
The flyby appeared so close his security system alerted him it had detected suspicious movements outside his home.
Only when the Wigan resident reviewed the footage did he release he had filmed a fireball.
The hi-res black and white footage clearly shows an unidentified object speeding across the screen from left to right.
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Meteors, meteoroids, comets and asteroids are all different
He told Wigan Today: “I was stunned when I saw it. It’s quite clearly a meteor, you can see the tail on it, it’s fascinating.
“I’ve never seen a meteor before.
“I find all things to do with space amazing and everyone who has seen this video has agreed it’s a very rare capture.”
Fireball news: A British man has inadvertently captured stunning CCTV footage of a meteor
What is the difference between meteors, meteoroids, comets and asteroids?
Asteroids are smaller than a planet, but they are larger than the pebble-size objects we call meteoroids.
Most asteroids in our solar system are found in the main asteroid belt, a region between Mars and Jupiter.
However, asteroids can also hang out in other locations around the solar system.
Sometimes one asteroid can smash into another, causing small pieces of the asteroid to break off.
These pieces are called meteoroids, although they can also originate from comets.
Sometimes meteoroids don’t vaporise completely in the atmosphere.
They can actually survive their trip through Earth’s atmosphere and land on the Earth’s surface.
When meteoroids land on Earth, they are called meteorites.
If a meteoroid comes close enough to Earth and enters Earth’s atmosphere, it vaporises and turns into a meteor: a streak of light in the sky.
Fireball news: Black and white footage clearly shows an unidentified object speeding across the screen
Due to their appearance, these streaks of light are sometimes called “shooting stars.”
Because meteors leave streaks of light in the sky, they are sometimes confused with comets, but these two things are very different.
Like asteroids, comets orbit the Sun – comets are made of ice and dust — not rock.
As a comet’s orbit takes it toward the Sun, the ice and dust begin to vaporise.
This vaporised ice and dust become the comet’s tail.