A fireball that shot over Wales and Ireland last night was not a shooting star, it has been revealed.
It was actually a Chinese Satellite re-entering the earth's atmosphere and making a huge flash in the process, according to Astronomy Ireland.
They tweeted: "Thank you all for your reports of the fireball in the sky last night at about 9pm.
"Our chairman David Moore thinks that this was the rocket body of a Chinese satellite used to launch 'GPS' type satellite in January 2016, reentering Earth's atmosphere."
Carlow Weather also shared a graphic which showed space junk flying straight over the south of Ireland last night.
Most people had presumed it was a shooting star or maybe even some form of alien life but it appears not to be.
The first sighting of what some called a "fireball" was above Cork at about 7:30pm – with dozens of people taking to social media.
University College Cork lecturer Dr Sharon Lambert tweeted: "Any idea what the fire ball that passed through the sky in North Cork might be.
Travelling at same height and speed as a shooting star only absolutely huge in size. Headed in east west direction."
Mark Dignam said: "Anyone else see the MASSIVE meteorite over Ireland just before 7:30pm? Incredibly bright for a couple of moments."
And that wasn't the only sighting, the amazing sight was seen on at least two more occasions later in the night – first again at around 9pm.
John Corr said: "Just flew west to east across the North sky as seen from Cork. Was visible for about 30seconds. Broke up into a number of pieces and changed colours. Happened at about 21:05."
Patrick Treacy tweeted a few moments after: "Did anyone else see a large fireball in the sky over east Cork about 20 minutes ago?"
Reports from social media suggest people in Mallow , Charleville, Cork City , Glanmire, Midleton, Watergrasshill and pretty much all areas of the county were able to see the phenomenon.
And it wasn't just Cork that was amazed by the incredible sight – people in Galway, Donegal and other spots across the West coast all spotted the fireball.
Cllr Owen Hanley caught the lights on video over Galway City describing the incident as highly bizarre.
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