Great ball of fire! Incredible moment extremely rare meteor lights up the night sky as it EXPLODES over Cornwall
- Chris Small, 34, captured a rare meteor across the night sky in Bude, Cornwall
- He was re-filming a time-lapse which had ‘come to nothing’ two days earlier
- Capturing the ‘boldie’ was lucky as he would ‘never seen it’ if he hadn’t made the previous error
This is the extraordinary moment a rare ‘fireball’ meteor was captured exploding across the night sky on the south coast.
Photographer Chris Small, 34, captured the incredible spectacle at Bude, Cornwall.
In the clip, a bolt of piercing white light breaks out and shoots diagonally across the starry night sky.
Photographer Chris Small, 34, headed out to the waterside of Bude, Cornwall, to re-film time-lapse footage of the night sky (pictured)
Chris, who has lived in the area for 20 years, was suffering flu and was ‘keen to get out of the house’ when he witnessed the phenomenon.
He simply intended to re-shoot some of his earlier time-lapse footage of Bude, at around 11.24pm on January 21.
The photographer told CornwallLive: ‘That spot is an iconic view of Bude, with the pink cottage, and had gone out a couple of nights earlier but made an error and two-and-a-half hours of shooting came to nothing and I had to delete it all.’
Within seconds, a bolt of piercing white light breaks out and shoots diagonally across the starry night sky
He described the moment of catching a ‘boldie’ as lucky.
Chris added: ‘I’d never have seen it if I had not made that cock-up.’
He used a telephoto lens which captured the trail getting ‘wider and thinner’.
He described the moment as ‘extremely rare’ and almost a ‘billion-to-one chance’ of going through his camera’s field of view. The photographer added: ‘You see shooting stars but I’ve never seen a fireball like that. There aren’t even that many tracks of them in the whole world’
It is ‘extremely rare’ and almost a ‘billion-to-one chance’ of the the meteor going through his camera’s field of view, according to the photographer.
Chris, who owns Ocean and Earth Photography gallery in Bude, claims to spend up to 100 hours a year under starlight.
The meteor was also captured north of Cornwall at Perranporth Beach. Stuart Cornell shared his picture on Twitter
‘You see shooting stars but I’ve never seen a fireball like that. There aren’t even that many tracks of them in the whole world.’
Twitter user Stuart Cornell shared his own snap of the extraordinary meteor flying overhead at Perranporth Beach.
Fireballs are pieces of asteroid or comet which hit the atmosphere at high speed and immediately burn.