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Amateur stargazer spots 'meteor' burning up over Grantham

By kay_kelly  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

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Amateur stargazer Nigel Booth spotted what he believes was a meteor burning up over Grantham last night.

Nigel and his wife Debbie, of East Street, saw the round orange and blue light moving across the sky for almost three minutes - before it disappeared.

Nigel told granthampeople: "The sky was really clear so we went for a walk along our street, which doesn't have lights, shortly after 9.30pm.

"We were facing north and saw a largish, slow-moving, orange and blue coloured light at about a 60 degree angle from the earth.

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"We watched if for between two and three minutes moving across the sky from the west to east, and then it faded out.

"It was really easy to see with the naked eye.

"It wasn't a comet, as it didn't have a tail, and it's unlikely to have been a satellite falling to earth or it would be all over the national news.

"I reckon it was a meteor."

Nigel, who has been an amateur astronomer for more than 30 years, has seen meteors before - but they were only brief sightings and 'very high' in the night sky.

"This was just a case of being in the right place at the right time.

"It was an eventful and exciting evening - I'd seen the International Space Station just a couple of hours earlier," added Nigel.

Unfortunately, Nigel didn't have his camera with him to capture last night's sighting.

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