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Green 'fireball' flashes across the night sky in Lincolnshire

By PWhitelam_LE  |  Posted: February 01, 2013

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Sightings have been reported of a green 'fireball' flashing across the sky over Lincolnshire.

Lincoln City goalkeeper Paul Farman was among those who saw the phenomenon and wrote on Twitter at about 9pm that he'd seen a meteoroid or a shooting star.

RAF Waddington spokesman Lindsey Askin said no flights from the base were in the air over Lincoln.

Astronomer Paul Money, who lives in Horncastle, caught a glimpse of the spectacle out the corner of his eye as it disappeared to the north.

"It is difficult to say whether this was a chunk of man-made space debris or a piece of asteroid," he said.

"Images and eyewitness reports will be collated by the British Astronomical Association and some months down the line they may get an idea of what it actually was."

Astronomer Philip Norton, of Thirsk Drive, North Hykeham, said: "From the description on the web it sounds like a lump of rock about the size of a football hit the atmosphere. This is not uncommon. It just never seems to happen over the UK when the sky is clear.

 

"What is more interesting is asteroid 2012 DA14. At teatime on February 15 it will pass by only 17,000 miles above the surface.

"This is below the orbits of the TV satellites. Asteroid 2012 DA14 is a little guy, compared to some asteroids, although its size has not been pinned down precisely.

"It is thought to be about 150 feet across, with an estimated mass of about 130,000 metric tonnes. If it hit the Earth it would form a crater several miles across. It will only be visble in binoculars."

 

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  • nolies  |  February 01 2013, 10:01AM

    Maybe it was the blob landing,lol

  • Lincoln_Biker  |  February 01 2013, 12:08AM

    Perhaps this phenomenon can be explained as the last of FoodMonster's dignity burning up in the atmosphere as (s)he sits down to write a review of the new recipe McDonalds Apple Pie from Ropewalk Drive Thru...

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  • GranthamImp  |  January 31 2013, 9:22PM

    The wife and i saw it over Grantham we thought it was a flare as it did not seem to be very high,i was surprised to read it had been seen over other parts of the county. I bet if it fell to earth Paul Farman would have dropped it :-)

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  • blindimp  |  January 31 2013, 7:05PM

    SURPRISED PAUL FARMAN SAW IT. HE STRUGGLES TO SEE THE FOOTBALL WHEN IT'S CROSSED INTO THE BOX!

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  • mkheng  |  January 31 2013, 11:08AM

    My wife saw it from Louth, Lincs and said she could not understand what it was biut it was big and green.

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