When a lump of rock comes hurtling through space and burns up entering earth's atmosphere, fiercely aflame and leaving a spectacular trail behind of brilliant hues, searing across the night sky - it is quite a moment.
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This is what happened on Sunday, amazing and shocking all who saw it - a sort of stone sculpture on the move, captivating and incredible.
It is a mass of rock, the very substance that planets are made of and the same age as earth itself, travelling at such speed it heats and combusts. Was it small particles just fizzling out (meteor), or a meteorite - a larger lump which has crash landed somewhere in our landscape after its fiery journey?
It is a marvel, and a rare event whatever!