Huge meteor explodes in the sky above Derby

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This is the jaw-dropping moment a doorbell security camera captured a meteor streaking across the sky before exploding in a fireball.

Gary Rogers, 52, received a text alert from his security camera after it detected suspicious movement outside his home in Derby on Monday night.When he checked the footage, he was stunned when he saw the celestial fireworks display lighting up the night sky.

Experts believe the clip, shot at 11.30pm on Monday (3/2), shows a meteor known as a bolide, crashing to earth and disintegrating in the atmosphere.

Dad-of-three Gary said: "I was in bed and was about to go to sleep when my phone pinged. I couldn't believe it.

"I thought it was a firework at first, but I listened to the sound and you couldn't hear any noise."I could not believe my eyes when I saw it. I thought to myself 'what is that?'

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"At first I thought it could have been a plane crashing but the footage clearly shows a large ball of fire. It was amazing to see."I've seen shooting stars before but never a meteor.

"I thought it's definitely not a firework, it was too bright for that. The whole horizon was lit up and there was no sound.

"I saw the trail first then it exploded into the sky.

"I knew then it was a meteor.

Rob Dawes, chairman of Sherwood Observatory, said: "Mr Rogers was very lucky to get such a nice bright one.

"But you'd be surprised how many of these do come into the atmosphere at any time of year."

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