Twitter exploded last night in a similar fashion to the disintegrating meteor that came tumbling through the atmosphere above Britain.

Now, experts claim that the fireball was more likely to have been space junk.

According to Dr. Tim O’Brien at Jodrell Bank Observatory, the event was probably caused by “orbital debris from satellites”.

“They are still moving fast. They are 18,000 miles an hour, not that slow,” he told BBC Radio 4.

“But a little bit slower than the rocks and meteorites that come from farther out in space.”

I’d argue it’s slightly disconcerting that something that size can fall from the sky – especially from our own atmosphere – and we had no idea it was coming.

[ Source: BBC News ]