Meteor CuttingAn amateur astronomer is believed to have captured a photo of a meteor near his home in Northern Scotland.

Graeme Whipps spotted the bright light while taking photos of the aurora in Chapel of Garioch near Aberdeen.

“It looks to be moving relatively slowly south or southwest, whilst brightening,” he said.

Graeme, 48, who works as a meteorologist, captured the image with a Canon 40D, 15 second exposure. He is one of a number of people across Britain who saw a meteor across the north of England and Scotland. Some phoned the police fearing a plane had crashed.

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The Met Office later tweeted: “Hi all, for anyone seeing something in the night sky, we believe it was a meteorite.”

Meteors are particles from space that burn up as they plummet through Earth’s atmosphere, sometimes emitting light and creating a “fireball” effect.

Meteorites are larger, more durable objects that survive heating in the atmosphere and land on Earth.

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