Internet fooled by video of ‘China launching fake sun’ which is just a rocket

China recently announced their latest development on their "artificial sun project" as they reached a milestone for longest sustained nuclear fusion.

Scientists confirmed that they set a clean energy record by sustaining a nuclear fusion reaction for more than 17 minutes.

Since then, a viral video has been sharing on social media claiming China has "successfully sent the artificial sun into the sky" and many viewers have been fooled by it.

The video was filmed by a resident who witnessed a satellite launch at Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Hainan, south China, on December 23.

In the clip, a fireball emerges from an island far away from the beach as the rocket lifts off and launches into the sky.

The original uploader wrote in Chinese: "Hainan, Wenchang, Dec 23, 6pm. Witnessed satellite launch and it's packed around here."

Excited tourists and local residents are seen taking pictures and videos of the spectacular moment as they watch the "fireball" lighting up the cloudy sky.

But something must have gotten lost in translation.

Twitter users mis-captioned the video and claimed it as the proof of China "launching the artificial sun into sky", even American rapper Chris Brown fell victim to it.

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In the now-deleted tweet, he shared the video and wrote: "China creates first artificial sun. We are so blessed to be living in a time where anything is possible.

"The sky isn't the limit, it's just the view."

Another account, RapTV, also shared similar footage and said: "China debuted a new artificial sun!"

According to Xinhua News, China's Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) was designed to potentially be used as a near-limitless supply of clean energy on Earth.

Gong Xianzu, a researcher at the Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said in a statement: "The recent operation lays a solid scientific and experimental foundation towards the running of a fusion reactor."

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