We often hear about meteor showers, but the recent incident shocked people. A massive fireball, thought to be a meteor, pierced the sky before crashing to the ground in China.
A huge fireball glistening in the sky was recorded in several videos as it shot toward Earth, according to the Daily Mail. This event took place in the Chinese province of Qinghai. The videos went viral as stunned locals showed an unidentified object exploding into a ball of flame as it fell towards the ground at high speed.
According to several Daily Mail clips, the fireball crashed in Nangqian County in northwest China. The incident is said to have occurred on December 23 (Wednesday) around 7 p.m. The Daily Mail reported quoting locals that they heard loud bangs.
One of the videos, shared by a scientific blogger on Weib like Twitter, captures the moment a fireball soars through the darkness, as seen by a passenger on a flight from Xi’an to Lhasa, the Daily Mail reported. The clip shows the burning object falling quickly, before it becomes very bright as it approaches the ground.
The Daily Mail quotes a local statement that he witnessed a fireball while taking his child to school. Yu Jun, the main writer of the Chinese science website Guokr, told Beijing News that the fireball looked like a car, which is a very bright meteor, the Daily Mail reported.
Several videos and photos of the mysterious event were shared on social media. See:
A huge fireball was spotted flashing in the sky and crashing in the county to the south #China.
Footage of stunned locals shows an unidentified object exploding into a ball of flame as it descends towards the ground at high speed.
– Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) December 23, 2020
The China Center for Earthquake Networks said it recorded the incident. Authorities said on their social media account that the suspicion of a car landed near the border between Nangqian County and Yusu County at 7.25am, the Daily Mail added.
This is REALLY BIG!
A huge fireball seen over China. Video below https://t.co/3mqe2ouzId pic.twitter.com/5DzhXsCDAG
– Con Stoitsis (@vivstoitsis) December 23, 2020
A NASA report suggests that more than 50,000 meteorites were found on Earth in December 2019.
A super bright fireball stunned people living in the western part of Qinghai and the eastern part of Tibet in China this morning at 7:23! pic.twitter.com/DskUwtBXuH
– Renjiang Xie （Jason） 解 仁 @ (@ JasonXie1977) December 23, 2020
Two strange and sensational events took place today in Qinghai, China, and in Marshall County, Alabama, USA. A meteor in Kinghai draws a CONCLUSION while in Alabama a meteor shines brightly in the sky. We will need astrologers to help us UNDERSTAND strange events. https://t.co/Csrpk8yuCR
– jerryo98 (@jaydchilly) December 23, 2020
The difference between an asteroid and a meteor: An asteroid is a large piece of rock left over from a collision or early solar system, while a meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when debris burns. This waste is known as a meteoroid. Most are so small that they evaporate into the atmosphere. If any of this meteoroid reaches Earth, it is called a meteorite. Meteors, meteoroids, and meteorites usually originate from asteroids and comets.