Woman wonders if white spots on her roof are linked to meteor

A Devon woman has noticed bizarre “perfectly round small white spots” on her roof – and says they weren’t there before a sonic boom was felt across the county.

Molly, who lives in Tiverton, says she sits in her conservatory every day and looked up to the roof this morning, where she found a series of white dots “as though someone has shaken a white paint brush out [on the roof].

She is wondering if they are a result of the meteor, which reportedly passed over South West England on Saturday afternoon and caused a sonic boom as it entered the Earth’s atmosphere.

Hear the sonic boom in the video below

A leading astronomer today said he is ‘nearly certain’ that the boom was caused by a meteor bolide and called the phenomenon “incredibly exciting stuff” – you can read our full interview with science journalist Will Gater here.

“I’ve no idea what it is,” Molly said. “Could be nothing to do with the meteor but it’s seems so coincidental.

“It’s intriguing that they’re perfect circles, I’m wondering if anyone else in Devon has noticed a similar thing on their roof?”

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Tiverton resident Molly has noticed these 'perfectly round small white spots' on her conservatory roof - and says they weren't there before the meteor
Tiverton resident Molly has noticed these ‘perfectly round small white spots’ on her conservatory roof – and says they weren’t there before the meteor
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Molly says the white spots on her roof are around 5mm in diameter and do not appear to be in any pattern.

“They’re all on one side of the roof,” she said. “It’s very odd, they’re perfect circles, like polka dots.

“I would have seen them if they were there yesterday [before the meteor], I sit in the conservatory every day.”

Molly would like to know if any other Devon residents have noticed similar dots on their properties since the meteor on Saturday.

The sonic boom was ‘most likely a meteor bolide’

Science journalist Will Gater told DevonLive he believes the sonic boom people heard across Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wales was “most likely” caused by a meteor bolide.

In an explanation of how he came to this conclusion, he said: “For me it started following reports of a sonic boom and the more I read the more it peaked my interest.

“The RAF said it was nothing to do with them and the British Geological Survey had nothing on their seismograms.

“There were reports in Dorset, Bristol, Torbay, Exmouth and around Devon so it was really well heard.”

The meteor was spotted over Jersey
The meteor was spotted over Jersey

Will says he investigated weather satellites and noticed a light ‘suddenly appear and disappear’.

“I started tweeting what I’d seen as a record for my own satisfaction and a picture started to emerge,” he said. “There were reports from France and then the dashcam footage from Jersey at around the same time so it all started coming together.

“I’m not 100 per cent certain it was a meteor as you can never be certain but looking at the evidence it strongly suggests it was a meteor bolide.

“It’s undeniable the Jersey footage is from the same time the sonic boom was heard here, almost to the minute.”

His comments came after the UK Fireball Alliance, an organisation which collects and studies meteorites in the UK, urged people in the South West to check their gardens.

In a post on twitter, the Alliance said: “Somewhere in Devon, Dorset or Somerset a black rock fell out of the sky yesterday.

“Likely to be glossy black with thumbprint-sized depressions. NOT like tarmac or furnace slag. Not white, not blue, it’s black. Did you find it?”

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