Huge bullet of fire ‘falls from the sky and crashes into a Chinese county’, leaving locals amazed
- Huge fireball was seen flashing across the sky today over Nangqian, China
- The footage shows the burning bullet exploding and crashing into the county
- Local media suggested that the object in rapid motion could be a very bright meteor
- China’s earthquake authority said a suspected bolide hit the earth at 7.25am
A giant fireball has been seen flashing across the sky and crashing into a county in southern China.
Footage taken by stunned locals shows an unidentified object exploding in a flaming sphere as it crashes to the ground at a rapid speed.
It is not immediately clear what the fireball is, but local media suggest the possibility of a very bright meteor. No injuries were reported.
The giant fireball was seen flashing across the sky over Nangqian in China this morning
Various clips on Chinese social media show that the suspected meteor lights up in the sky
Various clips on Chinese social media show the suspected meteor illuminating the sky as it crashes into Nangqian County in northwest China’s Qinghai province.
The incident is said to have taken place around noon. 7 Wednesday. Local residents reported that they had heard loud bangs.
One of the videos shared by a science blogger on Twitter-like Weibo captures the moment the fireball hovers through the darkness as it is seen by a passenger on a flight from Xi’an to Lhasa.
The incident is said to have taken place around noon. 7 Wednesday in northwest China
In another piece of footage, the burning object is seen falling rapidly down hills and fields.
In a third clip, the fireball becomes brighter and larger as it approaches the ground.
Dan Ba, a local, said he witnessed the fireball while taking his child to school.
‘It started very small, but three minutes later it became very big and bright,’ the parents told Pear Video.
One of the videos shared by a science blogger on Twitter-like Weibo captures the moment the fireball hovers through the darkness as it is seen by a passenger on a domestic flight
Yu Jun, lead author of the Chinese science website Guokr, told the Beijing News that the fireball looked like a bolide, which is a very bright meteor.
China Earthquake Networks Center said it had recorded the incident. The authority said through its social media account that a suspected bolide landed near the border between Nangqian County and Yusu County at 075.
The Nanxiang County Government told Red Star News that it had heard about the case but was unclear about the details.
Explained: The difference between an asteroid, meteorite and other space rocks
One asteroid is a large rock rock left from collisions or the early solar system. Most are located between Mars and Jupiter in the main belt.
ONE comet is a rock covered with ice, methane and other compounds. Their orbits lead them much further out of the solar system.
ONE meteor is what astronomers call a flash of light in the atmosphere when waste burns up.
This waste in itself is known as one meteoroid. Most are so small that they evaporate into the atmosphere.
If any of this meteoroid reaches Earth, it is called one meteorite.
Meteors, meteoroids and meteorites usually originate from asteroids and comets.
For example, if the earth passes through the tail of a comet, much of the debris burns up into the atmosphere and forms a meteor shower.