Watch CCTV footage of meteor fireball hurtling over the UK

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Astronomers have caught the moment a meteorite turned into a fireball as powerful as a nuclear explosion just 21 miles above the Earth and headed over Nottinghamshire.

The fireball was seen across the UK and was observed in the skies above Nottinghamshire.

The meteor fireball

The meteor fireball

Footage of the “car-sized” meteorite burning up in the atmosphere was so good because it was destroyed much lower than the usual 50 to 70 miles up.

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Experts believe it broke off an asteroid in orbit between Mars and Jupiter and headed towards earth at 100,000mph.

Fragments of the rock which made it to Earth are worth ten times the price of gold.

The video was recorded by the United Kingdom Meteor Observing Network at Portadown on Sunday at around 10.10pm.