Typically meteor’s travel across space at tens of thousands of miles per hour but burn up, producing a warm glow, if they enter the Earth’s atmosphere.
Londoner Shane Mann tweeted: “Just saw a #meteor burn up across the sky in West London. Stunning.
“I wasn’t quick enough with the camera sadly.”
Channel 4 News producer Alice Wagstaffe said: “Just saw an incredible meteor or shooting star or something over London, please let there be video footage!”
Another Twitter user added: “I swear I just saw a super bright meteor fall over north London.”
There were also reports on social media of the meteor being seen from other parts of the UK including Manchester and Rochdale.
The UK Meteor Network, which monitors meteor sightings in Britain, tweeted: “We have received 60 fireball reports this evening.”
More to follow…