A giant fireball was spotted flashing across the sky and crashing into northwestern China’s Yushu City on Wednesday, leaving residents stunned. Videos of the event which have gone viral showed a bright fireball streaking across and lighting the dark sky. Also Read - Spectacular Geminid Meteor Shower With Over 100 Shooting Stars to Grace Skies Tonight; Know When, Where and How to Watch it
According to a Daily Mail report, it is not immediately clear what the ball of fire is, but local media are suggesting the possibility of a meteor. Some experts believe that the object was a bolide, an extremely bright meteor.
A local named Dan Ba, who witnessed the incident while taking his child to school, said that the bolide started very small, but three minutes later it became very big and bright. Many other locals reported hearing loud bangs.
The fireball was also video-recorded by passengers on a plane traveling from Xi’an to Lhasa as it lightened up the sky. Several videos and photos of the mysterious event was shared on social media. Take a look:
A Twitter user said how a similar incident happened in Alabama, where a meteor shone bright in the skies. He wrote, ”Today two strange and sensational events took place in Qinghai China and in Marshall County Alabama USA. A Meteor makes a LANDFALL in qinghai while in Alabama a Meteor SHINES BRIGHT in the SKIES. We will be needing astrologers to help us MAKE SENSE out of the strange events.”
Through its social media, China’s Earthquake Networks Centre also confirmed that a suspected bolide landed near the border between Nangqian County and Yusu County at 7.25am, but no one was injured.
A NASA report suggests that more than 50,000 meteorites have been found on earth, of December 2019.