Meteor captured hurtling through the atmosphere towards earth as it burns up

September 25, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

This is the incredible moment a massive fireball was spotted hurtling through the atmosphere towards Earth.

Amateur stargazer Drew Buckley captured the breath-taking sight of a meteor blasting through the stratosphere before burning up.

Drew set up his camera at Carew Castle, in Pembrokeshire, to take pictures of star trails – beautiful circular portraits that track the movement of stars across the night sky – when he accidentally photographed the trail of the flaming meteor.

This star trail photograph was created by 'stacking' dozens of seperate exposures including the one frame with the burning fireball

This star trail photograph was created by ‘stacking’ dozens of seperate exposures including the one frame with the burning fireball

This second image shows teh burning fireball leaving a trail across the picture, without the lines of star trails

This second image shows teh burning fireball leaving a trail across the picture, without the lines of star trails

He said: “A few minutes into the sequence I struck gold by capturing a massive fireball directly in my field of view – lucky isn’t the word!

“However, I had to wait to the end of my hour long session to see if I had caught it.

“It was quite slow moving burning bright greens and oranges as it travelled over the countryside, breaking into pieces was quite a surreal sight to witness.”

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