Incredible ‘Orionid meteor’ filmed falling over south Wales

 Incredible ‘Orionid meteor’ filmed falling over south Wales   The footage is grainy, shot on a camera phone, but what it captures is extraordinary.

It appears to be a piece of space rock, hurtling out of the sky in flames before plummeting towards the sea over Penarth Pier in South Wales.

Mark James was lucky enough to see the meteor as it entered earth’s atmosphere.

Although he didn’t realise it at the time, he could have been witnessing an early Orionid meteor, part of the meteor shower which happens when we pass through the orbit of Halley’s comet.

The comet itself is visible only once every 76 years, but the pieces of rock in its wake appear more often than this.

You are able to see the meteors when they pass into earth’s upper atmospere and disintegrate, causing beautiful displays like the one above.
(By contrast, a meteorite is a piece of space rock that survives to hit the planet’s surface.)

Alternatively, the shooting star could have been a UFO crashing to earth, a glitch on the camera screen, or, possibly, Superman responding to a planetary emergency.

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