Experts have revealed the cause of the "fireball" that lit up the night sky in Wales and Ireland last week.
It has been found that it was actually a Chinese Satellite re-entering the planet's atmosphere while making a huge flash, Astronomy Ireland said in a tweet.
The tweet came after people bombarded the organization with questions on social media about the burning ball, digital news site Corkbeo said.
|Photo Credit: @AstronomyIRL via Twitter|
UK-based newspaper Mirror reports that the first sighting was made above Cork at about 7:30 pm. Dozens of people took o social media to report what they saw.
"Any idea what the fireball that passed through the sky in North Cork might be? Traveling at [the] same height and speed as a shooting star only absolutely huge in size. Headed in [the] east-west direction," University College Cork lecturer Dr. Sharon Lambert tweeted.
The incredible sight was followed by two more sightings later in the night around 9 pm. One user said the object was seen flying "west to east across the North sky as seen from Cork," and was visible for 30 seconds. He added the object "broke up into a number of pieces and changed colors," the Mirror quotes.
|Photo Credit: Andreas Eriksson via Mirror UK|
Social media reports suggest people in Mallow, Charleville, Cork City, Glanmire, Midleton, Watergrasshill and pretty much all areas of the county witnessed the phenomenon. Aside from Cork, people in Galway, Donegal, and other areas across the West Coast were able to spot the incredible sight.
Galway Councillor Owen Hanley also witnessed the lights. He posted a video of the sighting over the city, saying: "I think I just saw an explosion or something over Galway city! Very bizarre."
Prior to the clarification, some thought the mysterious object was a shooting star. Shooting stars—which are technically meteorites—tend to create bright streaks as they zoom across the night sky before breaking up into nothing.