A “ball of light” seen over Surrey's skies has left people speculating what it could have been. A post in a private Facebook group reported the sighting over Staines at around 8pm on Monday (January 10) with many left amazed, and confused, about what they saw.
One person said the sight was “very impressive” while several others also confirmed they had seen a ball of light. Speculation then began about what it may have been with some theorising it was Virgin Orbit’s Start Me Up mission which also flew from Cornwall on Monday night. This ultimately failed after the rocket-carrying satellites, released over the Atlantic Ocean, suffered an "anomaly".
But several others thought it might instead have been a shooting star, a theory which may have been confirmed by the Met Office. Tweeting on Monday evening the weather forecaster said it had received reports of a meteor in the sky around the same time the local resident reported the ball of light on Facebook.
READ MORE: Surrey meteor: Fireball flies over M3 leaving motorist stunned
The Met Office tweeted a series of clips submitted by members of the public from across the country including sightings of the meteor in Wolverhampton and Hertfordshire. Many others posted their own clips in response with sightings not far from the Surrey border in Storrington, West Sussex, as well.
So the mystery may well have been sold but it didn’t stop the residents of Staines from still coming up with their own fun theories. One apologised after they claimed their “broomstick malfunctioned” while another joked it was Harry Kane’s World Cup penalty miss which still hadn’t landed from orbit.
Too soon, Staines, too soon.
Surrey ambulance staff strike this week: 'Don't call 999 unless emergency'
Two Surrey towns could be named the 'worst place to live in 2023'
Surrey criminals jailed in December 2022 including killers and fraudsters
Staines train sex assault as man stared at woman before assaulting her, police say