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Fireball Reports from 2014 April-June

2014 April 3rd  23:15 GMT (approx)

Deedee (London) has reported a fireball seen in the south western sky, below the constellation of Leo, while she was looking out from her kitchen window. The fireball was orange in colour and included a flare in brightness. It left an orange-white train that was visible for 2 seonds

2014 April 8th  21:30 GMT

A mag -6 fireball was reported by John Coll (Cardrona, Scottish Borders). This was yellow in colour and split up into five fragments.

2014 April 9th  22:00 GMT (approx)

Although no reports have been received directly by the SPA, there were a number of reports of this fireball on the Armagh website from observers in the north of England, Isle of Man, Belfast and south west Scotland. The reports indicate that the fireball was green in colour, heading in a roughly northerly direction and of duration 2-3 seconds.

2014 April 11th  21:19 GMT

Martin Kessell has posted on the Forum about a fireball seen from Stoke on Trent. Further details, including a video, can be found at

Although Martin didn't specify a time in his report, William Stewart of the NEMETODE network has linked this with an event imaged through cloud by their Ravensmoor and Leeds cameras at 22:19:10 BST. The images can be found under the second April 14th 2014 post on their website

2014 April 15th 22:22 GMT (approx)

Jon Croxford (Birmingham) reported an orange/red fireball of mag -5 or brighter at approx 22:30 GMT that had a duration of 2 seconds was was descending in the north western sky. Some fragmentation was seen to occur.

This report most likely ties in with a bright fireball imaged from Leeds and Ravensmoor(Cheshire) at 22:22:21 GMT by cameras of the NEMETODE ). Their analysis suggests that  the fireball appeared over the northern Irish Sea, between Blackpool and the Isle of Man.

There are also reports of this fireball on the UK Weatherworld website at :

2014 April 20th  00:16 GMT

Bill Ward (Glasgow) has posted an image (reproduced below) on the SPA forum of a mag -5 fireball that he captured on his wide field camera at 00:16:34.2 GMT

The forum report can be found at

2014 May 24th  22:58 GMT (23:58 BST)

Mark Pilkington (Newton Ferrers, Devon) reported a bright fireball which passed through Ursa Major and headed in the direction of Castor and Pollux (low in the NW). He described it as being orange in colour, fragmenting and leaving a train which persisted for about a second.

2014 June 2nd  21:56 GMT (22:56 BST)

David Scanlan (Romsey, Hants), reported a bright golden yellow fireball, possibly mag -10 passing between Cygnus and Lyra. It was heading towards Albireo and, if traced backwards, its path would have passed approx midway between Deneb and Vega.

2014 Jun 30th 02:04 UT (03:04 BST)

Will Gater (near Wheddon Cross, Somerset) observed this spectacular fireball while driving home from Exmoor and has supplied this detailed description:

"I did not see the beginning of the fireball; I was alerted to it as the sky/clouds, treetops and road in front of me started to flicker with green-blue light. I initially thought it was lightning, but it continued and as I quickly leaned forward to see what was going on the ‘body’ of the meteor descended into my view. From the moment I saw the sky light up to the moment I lost the bright fragments from view I would estimate at roughly 4 seconds. I’m not sure how to accurately gauge the magnitude of such a bright meteor – the flashes clearly illuminated the treetops/ground around like you see on a full-moon night. I couldn’t see any persistent train (probably due to the cloud), but the fireball was fragmenting from the moment it became visible through the windscreen to the moment it faded from sight. Just before it disappeared, the main ‘body’ of the meteor looked like it was composed of several fragments travelling in quite a compact group; there was clearly one fragment that was much brighter than the others too. The fragments were bright white with the smaller, outer ones fading to orange as the fireball descended. It descended almost vertically downwards. The cloud made recording the direction very difficult, but I believe I was able to identify the Great Square of Pegasus right after the sighting. My guess is that the fireball was in the vicinity of Mirach in Andromeda"

Richard Fleet has posted images on Twitter from the Wilcot South West and West cameras of the UKMON network. Each showed a part of the fireball's path. A video, showing both views of the fireball, can be found at

A BBC news report, including a video of the fireball captured from the Norman Lockyer observatory in Devon, can be found at

Part of the fireball's path can be seen through cloud gaps near the southern edge of an image captured by the Hemel all-sky camera of the Univ of Herts system at this time.

Added by:  Tracie Heywood