Astronomy Ireland is appealing to members of the public who witnessed last night’s large fireball in the skies over Clare to submit their reports.
A colossal explosion was seen over Ireland at 8.13pm on Sunday (video from Kildare above) and Astronomy Ireland said reports are urgently needed to locate any meteorite that was dropped as a result.
Reports have been flooding in to Astronomy Ireland’s website with people all across Ireland reporting that the flash was so bright that it lit up the landscape for several seconds.
“No man made explosion (except for a nuclear weapon being detonated) could have caused a flash this bright. So Astronomy Ireland reckons is was a rock in space colliding with Earth and burning up in the sky hundreds of miles above Ireland” said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine.
“From a flash this bright it is possible that part of the rock survived the re-entry process and landed on Earth” he added.
Astronomy Ireland is urging everyone who saw the event to go to its website www.astronomy.ie and fill in the fireball report form.
“From all the sightings we can predict where any meteorite fell and then people can search that area for the highly valuable meteorites. Astronomy Ireland will add anyone who sends in a report to its email list and when the analysis is completed in a few days a message will be emailed to everyone on that list so everyone can search for the meteorite at the same time,” added Mr. Moore.
“A fireball in November 1999 that dropped a meteorite on Ireland was found in county Carlow after a similar analysis by Astronomy Ireland. Collectors were later selling bits of this meteorite for 50 times the price of gold at the time, so meteorites can be very valuable!” he concluded.