Mystery as ‘flaming object’ spotted spiralling through sky over UK for ’20 minutes’

However, astronomy experts have sought to reassure the public these night-sky wonders are natural occurrences.

Dr Robert Massey, deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society, said there were scientific explanations for these phenomena.

He told MailOnline: "I think the intense bright light that people are seeing is the planet Venus in the sky, because it is dramatically bright.

"Venus is so particularly bright at the moment that you can see it during the day and at dusk it becomes obvious very quickly.

"It is very likely that people are seeing Venus in the sky before other stars become visible. And it would appear to disappear if clouds move in front of it.

"This will continue until the end of May.

"The burning object moving through the sky on Wednesday night looks a lot like an aircraft contrail to me.

"While it is impossible to say exactly what the object is without further evidence, it looks like an aircraft contrail that is laminated by the setting sun."

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