'Atomic Bomb' Meteor Explodes Over Ireland

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Were you seeing some crazy things on Sunday? Did you think you’d just had a few too many? Well, maybe not.

Astronomers are seeking witnesses who may have seen a meteor that exploded over Northern Ireland with the force of an ‘atomic bomb.’

As reported in The Irish Times, the giant fireball showed itself at approximately 10pm on Sunday. It is believed to have lit up huge swathes of both Northern Ireland and the north of England.

David Moore, from Astronomy Ireland said: “It was most likely a rock from space exploding in the atmosphere, we’re still trying to gauge how big it was and where it might have landed,”

“If you were in space looking down, you would have seen Ireland lit up for a few seconds. People in urban areas with their lights on watching their TVs with windows facing the right direction have reported seeing it.”

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He went on to say that the energy released would have been the equivalent of a World War 2 atomic bomb. They believe it could have been the size of a car.

Mr Moore is now seeking more witnesses to help identify further details and also try and figure out where the meteor landed.

So, has anyone noticed a meteor in their back garden?

H/T: The Irish Times, The Huffington Post

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