This bizarre object hurtled to the ground in China, sparking local media to say there was an alien invasion.
Villagers in the Heilongjiang province say they saw three objects falling from the sky last Friday and then upon investigation discovered the large spherical item.
One resident said: “Villagers heard a huge piercing sound and then some villagers saw a big fireball.”
The object, pictured above with jagged edges, was found in a vegetable garden.
It is about 2ft 6ins wide and weighs nearly 90lbs, according to OpenMinds TV.
However, rather than a visit from extraterrestrials, it is believed to be from a Russian Proton-M rocket that was carrying a communications satellite.
It is believed one of the engines on the rocket failed about nine minutes after lift-off according to China’s official English language news service ECNS.
The rocket had reached a height of 100 miles and most of it had burned up, but some of it clearly remained intact.
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