The split-second moment a huge fireball roared over the skies of Devon has been caught on camera.

Amateur astronomers at the Norman Lockyer Observatory in Sidmouth filmed the dramatic meteorite before it disappeared behind clouds at 2.04am on Monday, in footage which can be viewed above.

"We have two cameras that watch for meteors during darkness, so upon hearing the news I logged in to check our data and see if we had captured anything,” said Dave Jones of the Sidmouth Radio Astronomy Group.

"Fortunately the meteor passed in front of both of our cameras so we ended up with two videos of the same event.

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"Due to cloud and raindrops on the camera lenses the image was not as clear as we would like, however the sheer size and brightness of this object burning up in our atmosphere almost overwhelmed our cameras as it was so bright."

He added this was the largest the amateur team has caught on camera since the monitoring equipment was rigged up a year ago.

They are currently studying the footage to get a better idea of its trajectory.

Built in 1912 and situated 15 miles south of Exeter, the Norman Lockyer Observatory is used by students, researchers and amateur astronomers.

Thanks to its coastal location and the lack of light pollution, it is renowned as one of the best places in the UK for spectral analysis.

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