The moment we pass from one year to another is marked by fireworks which symbolically honor the start of a prosperous new year. However, this wasn’t all for people in the UK. Whoever paid enough attention to the sky before the firework show started could see a bright flash of light crossing the sky. This happened around 5.30 p.m. local time, and was actually a green meteor which was traveling close to our planet.
The green meteor scared people, who thought it was a UFO
The green meteor didn’t stay anonymous, as plenty of people reported seeing the colored flash on the early evening sky. However, they weren’t ready for such a sighting, and many of them mistook it for something else. Of course, like any strange formation on the sky gets interpreted, this one was also regarded as a UFO.
Around 400 people massively shared images and videos of the green meteor everywhere around social media, easily spreading panic and interest that the object was actually a UFO. Shortly after the event, the International Meteor Organization (IMO) wanted to clarify its origin, and calmed everyone down by telling them the green flash came from a meteor.
The meteor probably belonged to the Quadrantids
People were so easily impressed by the brightness of the green meteor. It reached such an intensity that it even left a trail of light behind it before breaking down into more pieces and eventually fading out. Researchers have an explanation for this unusual brightness, as it turns out the meteor wasn’t alone.
It most likely belonged to the Quadrantids, a meteor shower which was expected to peak only several days later. However, shooting stars could fall between December 22nd and January 17th. In fact, it was more likely for a meteor to be visible before or maybe after its peak, when the light coming from the first supermoon of the year was gone.