Meteor spotted above Belgium and the Netherlands

Meteor spotted above Belgium and the Netherlands
A meteor sighting above Chelyabinsk, a city in Russia, in 2013. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Scores of people reported sighting a bright trail streaking the Belgian and Dutch skies on Thursday, in what Dutch astronomists confirmed was a meteor which broke into the Earth's atmosphere.

The meteor was probably one to a few metres in diameter, Joost Hartman of the Dutch Meteor Section of the Netherland's royal astronomy association KNVWS said, according to Het Nieuwsblad.

The working group said that nearly a hundred people had reported sighting the fireball them, and that its path had been so bright that it was visible even in the sunlight.

The sightings were reported at around 2:50 PM on Thursday, and it is thought the meteor flew over the German island of Langeoog, to the north-east of the Dutch province of Groningen.

The meteor is estimated to have flown at between 50 to 100 kilometres above the surface of the Earth before burning out in the atmosphere.

According to the outlet, some parts of it may have ended up in the North Sea.

Gabriela Galindo

The Brussels Times

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