Another bright fireball over the United Kingdom, more than 800 reports received

uk fireball may 16 2022

A bright fireball was seen over the southwestern United Kingdom at 20:46 UTC on May 16, 2022. The event comes just five days after a very bright fireball was seen over the same region. Interestingly, both events had very similar trajectories.1

The American Meteor Society (AMS) and International Meteor Organization (IMO) together with UKMON (UK), Werkgroep Meteoren (NL), and Vigie-Ciel (FR) received more than 800 reports, mainly from England and Wales.2

The ground trajectory computed from the witness reports shows that the meteor was traveling from SW to NE and ended its visible flight over southern England.

uk fireball trajectory may 16 2022
Fireball over the United Kingdom on May 16, 2022 – heatmap and trajectory. Credit: AMS
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1 Bright fireball over the southwestern UK, more than 300 reports received – The Watchers – May 12, 2022

2 Fireball event 2921-2022 – AMS

Featured image credit: Shmergel F., AMS


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