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Doorbell camera captures meteor in sky over Darlington after cat makes it roll [video]

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Doorbell camera captures a meteor blasting through the sky over Darlington after the family’s cat gets the device rolling

  • Footage in Darlington shows a meteor falling through the sky on October 15
  • The doorbell camera was triggered by the family cat strolling by at the right time
  • A blazing fireball can be seen in the distance, as dozens of sightings have reported
  • Stargazers will grab their binoculars tonight for the Orionids meteor shower










Dramatic footage of a meteor falling through the sky was captured on a doorbell camera in Darlington after a family cat triggered a recording at just the right moment.

The footage shows a bright fireball shooting across the sky as residents in the northeast described seeing the meteor on Friday evening, Oct. 15.

Julie Richardson was stunned when husband Lee showed her the recording of their new doorbell camera, Teeside Live reported.

Stanley the cat (circled) activated the doorbell camera that captured the amazing footage

Mrs. Richardson said, ‘I didn’t quite believe it, my husband Lee was the one who saw it.

“I just thought it was fireworks, but that wasn’t right, because the ‘fireworks’ didn’t go up.

“I posted it on Facebook to see what other people thought and then realized it was definitely a meteor.”

Stanley happened to get close to the front door at just the right time to get the camera rolling.

In the footage, Stanley can be seen between two vehicles at the bottom of the screen. He sits still as he watches the fireball rip across the night sky, before turning hastily and fleeing in the opposite direction.

The natural phenomenon has been seen all over the UK, with a number of sightings off the coasts of Durham and Northumberland.

When Julie took to social media to share the footage, other Darlington residents came forward to say they’d seen it too.

Julie Richardson, from Darlington, was stunned to discover she had a recording of the meteor

Julie Richardson, from Darlington, was stunned to discover she had a recording of the meteor

The UK Meteor Network also shared photos of a meteor spotted that same night – with people from Lincolnshire to Sunderland saying they too saw the green fireball in the night sky.

Stargazers are treated to tonight as shooting stars from the Orionid meteor shower blaze the night sky. Up to 20 space rocks are expected to shoot overhead per hour.

Orionid meteors happen every fall when Earth passes through the stream of debris left behind by Halley’s comet. Tonight and tomorrow night they will reach their peak.

As the comet moves around the sun, it leaves behind tiny bits of dust and icy debris, and as Earth passes through this cloud of matter, they burn up in the atmosphere, generating fast, bright streaks of light known as meteors.

Explained: the difference between an asteroid, meteorite and other space rocks

An asteroid is a large piece of rock left over from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the Main Belt.

AN comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits take them much further out of the solar system.

AN meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns up.

This debris itself is known as a meteoroid. Most are so small that they evaporate into the atmosphere.

When one of these meteoroids reaches Earth, it becomes a . called meteorite.

Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites normally originate from asteroids and comets.

For example, if Earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris in the atmosphere burns up, forming a meteor shower.

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