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Mystery of Somerset 'meteor' still no closer to being solved

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: February 18, 2013

  • A close-up of the mysterious object in the sky. Photo: Annie Henderson. Click here to see more photos

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Mystery still surrounds the origin of a fireball-like object photographed in the sky above a nature reserve in Somerset.

Wildlife photographer Annie Henderson took the photos over the Avalon Marshes nature reserve at Shapwick Heath on February 6.

In the pictures, the distant light appears to be burning with flaming gases shooting off its form.

After first appearing on This is Somerset on Friday, the photos have become a worldwide talking point online over the weekend.

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The story later appeared on the Mail Online, with more than 150 visitors leaving comments.

Some believe it was a meteorite similar to the one that hit Russia on Friday morning, injuring more than 900 people.

Less dramatic suggestions include a Chinese lantern, or a firework or miniature rocket.

Other visitors believe it could be a plane with the setting sun reflecting off jet trails, or a satellite burning up on re-entry into the atmosphere.

Annie said: "We were out photographing the starlings at 5.25pm and saw the bright thing in the sky, but thought it was just a high flying plane or a satellite.

"It was only the next morning that I uploaded the pictures on my computer and saw what was on the pictures when I zoomed in."

Annie, who is a wildlife photographer, only had a small lens with her for her Sony DSLR camera.

But she still managed to pick out the strange shape in the sky.

Click here to see more photos of the Somerset 'meteor'. What do you think it was? Email newsdesk@midsomnews.co.uk.


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  • Blessing123  |  February 18 2013, 8:55PM

    It was on the same day I believe so could be the same meteorite. http://tinyurl.com/bpe22gw

  • kris016  |  February 18 2013, 8:19PM

    Could be part of the Atlas V Launch that launched Landsat8 on Monday 10th parts of the I remeber reading somewhere that parts of the fairing that protect the satellite can remain in orbit for a few day before entering the upper atmosphere. The shape of thee object looks very much like the top of an Atlas V.

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  • mickwest  |  February 18 2013, 5:26PM

    It's a short sunlit contrail: http://tinyurl.com/3hekxtg

  • Blessing123  |  February 18 2013, 12:19PM

    The Russian one I meant to say. Could be part of shower.

  • Blessing123  |  February 18 2013, 12:13PM

    It was a very large meteorite?