Witnesses across much of southern, central and northwest England, as well as the Chanel Islands and parts of Wales, France, Belgium and the Netherlands, have reported observing a bright fireball slightly before 9.45 pm local time (slightly before 8.45 pm GMT) on Monday 16 May 2022. The fireball is described as having moved from southeast to northwest first appearing over Southampton and vanishing over to the east of Bristol. A fireball is defined as a meteor (shooting star) brighter than the planet Venus. These are typically caused by pieces of rock burning up in the atmosphere, but can be the result of man-made space-junk burning up on re-entry.
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