Breaking: Extraordinary video continues to emerge from across Victoria of a huge ball of debris entering and breaking up in the atmosphere tonight.

Just after sundown May 22, 2020, people across the State, as well as Tasmania, witnesses a line of burning debris in the sky.

Dozens of people were able to capture the moment on their smartphone cameras, as the field of debris broke up high in the sky.

At first people were worried they were witnessing a plane crash, with dozens of people contacting authorities to report a possible aircraft incident.

Soon it emerged that the fireball and atrophying object in the early evening heavens was actually part of a Russian space rocket.

Astronomers and space enthusiasts noted the ball of flames was almost certainly the third stage payload of a rocket launched by the Russian space agency.

According to NASA Space Flight website, Russia’s Aerospace Forces launched a Soyuz-2-1b rocket Friday, carrying a satellite designed to give the Moscow advance warning of missile attacks.

The Soyuz lifted off from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome at about 10:46 Moscow Time (07:46 UTC).

Image: Russian spy satellite launches earlier Friday May 22. Part of the rocket fell back to Earth over Australia Friday night.

A few hours later, one of the boosters used to launch the satellite crashed back to Earth.

Over Tasmania and the Bass Straight, right over Victoria and toward the South Australian border.

It’s not known if any of the space junk survived re-entry.

Some incredible footage has been captured of the rocket falling in the sky.

Great Ocean Road shared this footage from the street.

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Ryan is Contributing Editor