Irishman shares incredible footage of low-flying ‘fireball’ meteor in Cork
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Irishman shares incredible footage of low-flying ‘fireball’ meteor in Cork

AN IRISH motorist has inadvertently captured impressive footage of a meteor flying through the night sky over Cork.

Sean Linehan was driving somewhere around Banteer in Co Cork at 7pm this past Monday, October 28, when he witnessed the low-flying space rock travelling at high speed.

The meteor has the appearance of a green glowing orb against the pitch-black sky.

Several onlookers described seeing it as a “green ball of fire”.

Thankfully, Sean’s dashcam successfully recorded the stunning footage which was subsequently uploaded to Twitter.

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“Just caught this on my dashcam outside Banteer, Cork,” he wrote.

Sean described the fast-moving “bright meteor” as a “fireball flashing across the sky”.

“Footage doesn’t do it justice, very cool,” he added.

The fireball was witnessed at 18:54:07 and lasted for roughly five seconds.

According to Astronomy Ireland, there have been reports of meteor showers across multiple counties across Clare, Cork, Athlone, Fermanagh and Mayo.

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Additional meteor sightings were also reported in Wales.

The fireball was captured on camera by another eagle-eyed Irish astronomer too.

Astronomy Ireland later confirmed another fireball was spotted in the Irish sky at about 10.50pm on Monday, October 28.

A fireball occurs when a piece of rock burning up high in earth’s atmosphere collides with the planet.

Similar to a meteor, a fireball is significantly larger meaning it burns brighter and for longer.

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