Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or was it, similar to the meteorite that hit Chelyabinsk yesterday morning, a space rock breaking up in the atmosphere?
Its origins are a genuine mystery.
The pictures (see link for more) were taken at the Avalon Marshes bird sanctuary at Shapwick Heath last Wednesday by Annie Henderson.
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.
There have been many suggestions about what it is including a meteorite a Chinese lantern, a firework, a miniature rocket, a plane with a reflection off jet trails, or a satellite burning up on re-entry.
You can see that there appears to be burning gases off the object and that it is being propelled UPWARD. Other pictures show it sideways. But there is no smoke trail so it does not match photos of homemade rockets. Also curious, is that there is no word on how the object moved. Was it stationary at all, did it arc, was there noise? That is a glaring missing detail.
I’m wondering how much of this interest is due to Meteor Friday with all the current focus by the media.
Another article on this appeared with speculation.
Mystery of Somerset ‘meteorite’ photographed over Avalon Marshes nature reserve at Shapwick Heath still no closer to being solved | This is Somerset.
Tip: Hayley Stevens