Meteor filmed above the skies of Milton Keynes dropped fragments on the ground but not here say scientists

People warned not to break lockdown restrictions to join hunt.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 1:03 pm

The fireball spotted across the country last night (February 28), including Milton Keynes, has probably dropped fragments onto the ground.

Experts believe the meteor likely started as an asteroid between Mars and Jupiter, before falling into the earth's atmosphere.

A spokesperson for the UK Meteor Network stated it had received over 100 reports of sightings from various UK cities.

Manchester, Bath and Cardiff all had reported sightings, yet researchers believe fragments can now be found in Cheltenham.

In conversation with The Independent scientists outlined that Cheltenham or just further north in Stow-on-the-Wold are the farming areas most likely to now contain pieces of the meteor.

A spokesperson for the UK Fireball Alliance urged residents not to go hunting for fragments, stating: “If you find a piece on your farm or a road, please let us know, but don’t go hunting for it."

Footage of a meteor seen flying across Milton Keynes on February 28