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Brilliant Midnight Fireball Lights Up Sky Over Northeast China

What appears to be a dazzling meteor lit up the sky over northeast China on Friday (Oct. 11), appearing as a brilliant fireball in surveillance videos of the event.  

The meteor occurred at about 12:16 a.m. Beijing Time, turning night into day and casting dark shadows as it streaked through the sky, according to the state-run CCTV. Videos of the fireball were captured by surveillance cameras (opens in new tab)in the city of Songyuan in the province of Jilin, as well as by many residents across northeast China, CCTV reported (opens in new tab)

The meteor also visible from Heilongjiang Province, the news agency reported.

Video: See China's fireball of Oct. 11, 2019! (opens in new tab)
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A meteor lights up the midnight sky over the northeastern China provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in this dashcam and surveillance camera video views taken on Oct. 11, 2019.

A meteor lights up the midnight sky over the northeastern China provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in this dashcam and surveillance camera video views taken on Oct. 11, 2019. (Image credit: CCTV)

What appears to be a dazzling meteor lit up the sky over northeast China on Friday (Oct. 11), appearing as a brilliant fireball in surveillance videos of the event.  

The meteor occurred at about 12:16 a.m. Beijing Time, turning night into day and casting dark shadows as it streaked through the sky, according to the state-run CCTV. Videos of the fireball were captured by surveillance cameras (opens in new tab)in the city of Songyuan in the province of Jilin, as well as by many residents across northeast China, CCTV reported (opens in new tab)

The meteor also visible from Heilongjiang Province, the news agency reported.

Video: See China's fireball of Oct. 11, 2019! (opens in new tab)
Related:
Falling Fireballs Crashed in Chile. They Weren't Meteorites (opens in new tab)

A meteor lights up the midnight sky over the northeastern China provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in this dashcam and surveillance camera video views taken on Oct. 11, 2019. (Image credit: CCTV)

Scientists with the Purple Mountain Observer, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, are reviewing videos to study the fireball, but there have been no reports of any meteorites found on the ground from the fireball, CCTV reported.

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Tariq Malik
Tariq Malik

Tariq is the editor-in-chief of Live Science's sister site Space.com. He joined the team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, focusing on human spaceflight, exploration and space science. Before joining Space.com, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times, covering education and city beats in La Habra, Fullerton and Huntington Beach. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University.