February 19, 2016 11:47 am
Updated: February 19, 2016 12:01 pm

WATCH: Meteor lights up sky over parts of Europe

A fireball was seen streaking over the skies of northern France Thursday night.


A bright fireball lit up the sky over parts of Europe on Wednesday, breaking apart as it entered the atmosphere.

The American Meteor Society received 55 reports of the bright meteor — also called a bolide — over the Alps. Reports came in from France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain.

READ MORE: Chances man killed as a result of meteorite unlikely: astronomer

The meteor streaked across the sky just after sunset. As it entered the atmosphere, it left a long, trailing tail. It can be seen brightening several times and breaking apart.

Though we get meteor showers almost every month, February is not associated with any. However, debris is always entering our atmosphere, which can provide the odd bright fireball.

It’s unclear if any of the meteor seen on Wednesday made it to the ground.

© 2016 Shaw Media

Report an error


Want to discuss? Please read our Commenting Policy first.

Global News