On Wednesday, the Chinese sky was lit by a mysterious fireball that left the scientific community around the world in pieces. The incident is said to have occurred on December 23 in the northwestern province of Qinghai. Footage of the incident is now going viral on social media platforms, with some calling the fireball a huge meteor. According to the Daily Mail, the Chinese media suspect it is a fireball, an extremely bright meteor that explodes in the atmosphere.
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The giant fireball crashed in Nangqian County on Wednesday morning, causing zero casualties. According to the report, local residents heard loud bangs after the object passed in the sky illuminating the entire city. In one of the videos shared online by journalist Mete Sohtaoğlu, the sky above Nangqian County can be seen lit up by the giant fireball before it vanishes behind a mountain.
A giant fireball was spotted flashing in the sky and crashing into a county in the south #China.
Footage taken by stunned locals shows an unidentified object exploding into a glowing sphere as it plunges at great speed towards the earth.
– Mete Sohtaoğlu (@metesohtaoglu) 23 December 2020
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The footage shared by Mete Sohtaoglu has garnered more than 3,500 views and hundreds of likes since it was shared on December 23rd. Several netizens have jokingly referred to the giant fireball as an alien activity, while some have said “2020 isn’t over yet”.
“An 8-meter asteroid enters the atmosphere above China”. Thanks to Sam Deen for reporting this. Occurred on 22/23 December 2020. The object was in an Earth-like orbit prior to entry. https://t.co/DBBqaXgUgS
– Josie Floyd (@Nightskyonline) December 25, 2020
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Fireball lights up the Japanese sky
Previously, a dazzling “ fireball ” was seen lighting up in the sky across large swathes of western Japan causing a stir on social media. While some viewers said it made a “rumble”, another said “the sky became completely bright”. According to the Kyodo News report, the director of the Akashi Municipal Planetarium in Hyogo Prefecture, where the fireball was seen, said the brighter shooting stars than Venus are often known as fireballs, but acknowledged that it was. ” rare ” for them to be so bright was spotted on November 29.
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