What was this giant ball of fire disintegrating in the night sky over China?
People in the northwestern China’s Yushu City were left baffled and terrified after a suspected low-flying meteor fell into pieces in a series of large bangs, changing the night into day, on Dec. 23rd.
Video from the event in the city in China’s Qinghai Province showed a bright fireball streaking across and pouring fire in the night sky.
According to reports, the fireball was probably a bolide (very bright meteor fireball) and it might have dropped several meteorite fragments somewhere in the area.
Passengers on a plane travelling from Xi’an to Lhasa witnessed the ball of fire as it streaked through the sky.
video via https://weibo.com/5075857703/JzLq8Aa6y
The fireball was seen in the skies in China before falling to the ground.
This dashcam video records the superbolide shot toward the observer. The observer claims that he saw it crash on the right side of the road. Now the meteorite search is underway but no updates so far.— Sky Enthusiasts (@SkyEnthusiastcn) December 24, 2020
Location: Yushu, Qinghai province
Date: Dec 23 2020 pic.twitter.com/0ENMrfTbQQ
According to the China’s Earthquake Networks Centre, the suspected bolide landed near the border between Nangqian County and Yusu County at 7.25am, but no one was injured.
Observed the position of the airburst flare and wake cloud, the red arrow is the possible direction of the fireball into the atmosphere. Credit: Purple Mountain Observatory#meteor #fireball #China pic.twitter.com/iN45AmKDEB— Jingyuan Zhao（赵经远） (@jingyuan_zhao) December 23, 2020
According to witnesses, the sky phenomenon started very small, but three minutes later it became very big and bright.
video via https://weibo.com/5075857703/JzLocyHdL?type=comment
The burning object is seen descending quickly towards hills and fields as it becomes brighter and bigger during its fall to the ground.
The smoke trail left by the superboilide(see my last post), lit up by the rising sun, put up a magnificent light show in the dawn sky.— Sky Enthusiasts (@SkyEnthusiastcn) December 23, 2020
Date: 23 Dec 2020
Location: Yushu, Qinghai, China
Videographer: 巴吉吖#sky #clouds #shootingstars #meteor #stunning_shots #sunglow pic.twitter.com/bPDH9a9Vqk
This new incredible sky event brings to mind the spectacular fireball that roared through Chelyabinsk’s skies on February 15th, 2013.