- Epic Meteorite Illuminates Skies Over China (VIDEO)
A massive meteorite lit up the sky as it burst through the atmosphere over Yunnan in southwest China on Friday evening, shocking local residents with its fiery glow. The meteorite created a burst of white light over Yunnan’s Jinghong skyscrapers at about 9:41pm. The meteorite left a flaming path in its wake as it cut through the night sky before disappearing seconds later.
According to the Yunnan Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the fireball was a bolide, which is an extremely bright meteor, CCTV reports. The observatory’s Zhang Xingxiang explained the fireball effect was caused by the friction when the meteorite entered the atmosphere.