Late on Wednesday night, a fireball lit up skies over Western US states, but this wasn't just any old meteor. It wasn't even connected with the Delta Aquarid meteor shower that is expected to peak tonight and Friday. It was a large piece of space junk from a Chinese rocket that was launched in June.
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As the object tumbled through the upper atmosphere, its slow progress was spotted from California, Nevada and Utah, igniting a flurry of social media reports and eyewitness video. An especially cool video was captured by a visitor to Griffith Park Observatory, who had an astronomer guide present to describe what was going on: