By: Chris Jones/IFLScience The sky was lit up on the night of 4th October 2017 a meteor tore through the atmosphere over the Shangri-La County in Yunnan Province of China. The meteor was spotted at around 8 pm local time, and luckily, many locals captured the spectacular event on camera.
According to NASA’s Center For Near-Earth Object Studies, the ‘bolide’ meteor (meaning it lit up the sky as bright as a full moon) soared with the impact energy of 540 tonnes of TNT explosives. Whatever was left of the meteor is believed to have crashed into the ground around 40km away from Shangri-La, although no photographs or video has confirmed this so far.
Take a look at footage of the meteor in the video below.