Tokyo residents witnessed a massive fireball zoom past its skies producing a loud sonic boom. A large space rock sped through sky and exploded in the process.
The chunk of space debris entered the earths atmosphere and was spotted around 2:30am local time. Residents witnessed a bright flash of light and a loud sonic boom.
A thirteen second long clip of the fireball’s appearance and eventual demise is going viral on the internet.
The video however did not include the sound of the sonic boom.
The video descriptions translation read: “At 2:32 on July 2, 2020, a fireball brighter than the full moon (a particularly bright meteor) flowed from west to east over Tokyo. A few minutes later, I heard a roaring dawn that could be heard indoors, which may be related to this fireball. The video plays at the actual speed. It was taken from the balcony. I’m surprised that the meteor creates a halo.”
Meteor strikes are sometimes accompanied by loud sonic booms. In 2013, a particularly powerful boom was produced when the space rock now known as the Chelyabinsk meteor entered Earth’s atmosphere above Russia. It exploded with the energy of up to 500 kilotons of TNT, sending a shockwave the shattered windows and tested the structural integrity of many buildings.