There have been several reports of a mysterious “ball” that scanned the night sky over Scotland and Northern Ireland on Thursday.

The UK Meteor Network received over 200 reports of a “ball” spotted in the night sky at around 9pm on Thursday.

It was said to be “investigating to see what the object was – a meteor or space debris”.

Danny Nell, 21, witnessed the meteorites when he was walking his dog in Johnstone, west of Paisley and Glasgow.

He said: “I was walking my dog ​​and it was quite strange at 10pm on the dot and I saw a flash in the sky and I pulled out my phone and recorded it.

“I thought it might be the first fire because there was a lot of Scottish football in it but quickly realized it wasn’t and just grabbed my phone to see if I could catch it.”

Another eyewitness, Steve Owens, an astronomer and science communicator at the Glasgow Science Centre, saw a meteorite flying into Scotland on Wednesday evening.

Mr Owens told BBC Radio Scotland this morning: “It’s incredible. I was sitting in my room at about 10 o’clock at night and I saw from the window, which is south, this bright ball, this meteor stretching across the sky. And I would say that it was something special that I could see through a broken cloud.

“It was not completely visible; I could see that it was crushing, tearing, minute by minute they were going away.

“And normally, if you see a meteor or a falling star, the smallest streaks of light are small, they last in a fraction of a second”, This one was streaking across the sky for at least 10 seconds – probably longer than that – and it went from the south to the west. It was quite an incredible sight.

Mr Owen thought it was “highly likely” the ball had landed in Scotland.

The space agency tweeted in the early hours of Thursday morning: “I’m seeing a large spotted meteor burning over Scotland and Northern Ireland.”

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Mr Owens also told BBC Radio Scotland: “Normally these little streaks of light, these little fixed stars, all light up and it all just fades and disappears into the atmosphere, but yesterday’s thing was bigger than a little bit of dust.

“One last night could have been the size of a golf ball or maybe a cricket ball, maybe bigger than that, so it’s certainly not impossible that the bits could have been exposed.”

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Meteorites flew across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Pic: UKMON

He continues: “The UK Meteor Network, which has hundreds of reports around Scotland and further afield, will be able to triangulate all those reports to work out its trajectory.

“It seemed to me that it was heading… certainly towards the west and, as people in Northern Ireland reported seeing it, it could well have crossed the land and ended up in the Atlantic, but it’s certainly not impossible,” he explained – “finding it will be a challenge.”

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