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Watch: ‘Shooting star’ meteor lights up Paris and Rouen skies

The accurate prediction of the bright meteor has also been hailed as a sign of ‘major progress’ in asteroid detection capabilities

The meteor appeared in the night sky before burning up in the atmosphere and causing a bright flash over Rouen, Paris, much of northern France, and southern England Pic: Triff / Shutterstock

A bright ‘shooting star’ that was seen over Paris at around 04:00 last night (Sunday, February 12) was a small meteor around a metre wide, the European Space Agency (ESA) has said.

The object entered the atmosphere and burned up, causing the impressive light.

The meteor, called ‘Sar2667’, appeared in the skies above Paris and Rouen, and was also seen from parts of England.

The ESA said: “This is only the seventh time that the appearance [of a meteor like this] has been predicted before it happens. A real sign of major progress in the global detection of asteroids!”

A video from Le Havre, northern France, also shows just how bright the meteor was across the night sky as it burned up.


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