Shortly before 21 o'clock on Sunday evening came the first reports that something had passed through the atmosphere over central parts of Europe.
On Twitter, there were several who reported the phenomenon as a meteor, and the website lunarmeteoritehunters have collected some witness accounts of what took place in the sky.
- It looked like fireworks. After three minutes, I heard two explosions and the sky was so bright that one would think it was midday, writes Austrian Michael Dornbin.
Lara Hammer from Germany describes what happened in the following way:
- There was a strong green and white light shooting across the sky. It's the biggest shooting star I've seen. Unbelievable.
There has not been any official reports about what was flying over the European night sky on Sunday, but there are indications that it was a huge meteor.
When meteors enters a planet's atmosphere they leave behind a tail of bright light because the surface temperature rises as a result of friction in the atmosphere.
The remains of the meteor that survives the trip to the planet's surface are called meteorites. According to NASA, these can vary in size from a grain of sand to giant rocks.
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