The flaming rock was seen shortly before 10pm with reports coming in from Scotland to the West Country.
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.”
A number of videos were posted on Twitter and Instagram purporting to show the meteor.
One, taken by a doorbell security system in Milton Keynes, shows a bright flame moving across the night sky.
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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: “Looks like a lot of people in the UK and Ireland saw the 9:55 #fireball #meteor.
“The reports are flooding in, 120 so far and counting.
“From the two videos we saw it was a slow moving meteor with clearly visible fragmentation.”
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