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Nikita Folomov. Sputnik International
Unknown fireballs are not very rare these days. Thousands of meteors enter the earth’s atmosphere every day, bursting into pieces and attracting people’s attention around the world. Sometimes, however, the size of such fireballs is enormous, and even scientists can hardly explain the origin of the phenomena.
An unknown flying object crashed in China’s Nanqiang province in Qinghai province on Wednesday, Chinese media reported. According to reports, there were no casualties or damage caused by the incident, but it was accompanied by loud bangs heard by many residents.
The fireball was captured on camera by locals and the video worked on social media.
The footage shows the sky being illuminated by an extremely bright light while the fireball flies about 20 seconds above Qinghai Province.
Chinese media suggested that the ball could be a bolide, a bright meteor that usually explodes as it enters the atmosphere.
According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, the impact of the fireball was recorded near the border of Nanqiang and Yushu provinces, where the object apparently crashed.
NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS) estimated that the estimated total optical emitted energy was equal to the energy released by the explosion of 9.5 kilotons of trinitrotoluene, making it the largest fireball event in China since 1988.
The largest recorded fireball incident in the world was the Russian Chelyabinsk meteorite, which illuminated the sky above the Russian city on February 15, 2013, with the total optical emitted energy equal to the energy released by the explosion of 440 kilotons of trinitrotoluene.