An amateur astronomer has captured the 'once in a lifetime' moment of a meteor exploding in the night sky and turning into a huge fireball.
The moments were filmed by Derek Robson on 10 November from the back garden of his home in Loughborough, Leicester.
The footage shows a fireball hurtling across the sky with great speeds and exploding in a flash of light before disintegrating into tiny pieces.
According to Robson, the fireball was much brighter than the brightest star in the sky at the time. It came out of Orion's nebula, he claims, before exploding somewhere near Bristol - about 210 kilometres away from Loughborough.
Robson is a retired scientist and an avid astronomer for the past 48 years. He has watched Sir Patrick Moore's BBC Sky at Night television programme since he was 11. Robson retired in 2016 and since then, he has had more time to pursue his hobby.
Robson has set up a camera in his back garden, which runs throughout the night and is activated by motion sensors. Robson was asleep when his camera captured the amazing moments at 5.07am on 10 November.
Robson told the Daily Mail that it was hard to believe his eyes when he ran the camera footage next morning.
"Usually I just get planes and birds and things like that - but when I watched the footage back and say this I was simply stunned," Robson stated.
He "jumped for joy" as he realised that his camera had actually captured a spectacle.
Robson reveals that he has captured several smaller meteorites in the past, but it is the first time that anything so bright was filmed by his camera. The meteor was shaped like a huge oval, and Robson feels it was a gift from his father who also liked constellation Orion very much.
Dr Robert Massey, deputy executive director at the Royal Astronomical Society, has confirmed that the video footage is genuine. He believes Robson was lucky to have filmed those moments as such events are difficult to predict.
"Kudos to the photographer for capturing this," said Massey.
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