Friday, February 22, 2013

[californiadisasters] Angelenos Report Seeing Object Light Up Sky

The sightings come after a series of sky spectacles, including a fireball over Russia

By Samantha Tata | KNBC-TV Los Angeles
|  Friday, Feb 22, 2013  |  Updated 7:16 AM PST
Several Southland residents late Thursday reported witnessing a bright light zoom across the sky.

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Dozens of sky watchers told the American Meteor Society that they saw the fire ball. People in Ventura, Anaheim, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Paso Robles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara posted on the group's website.

In an email to NBC4 News, Laguna Hills resident Patric Barry said he spotted the object out of his living room window at about 10:35 p.m.

"I saw a light and looked directly at the meteor as it came down in the ocean off Corona Del Mar. Bits came off, and it was bright white," he wrote.

The sightings come days after Bay Area residents were treated to a light show of their own when a fireball was seen streaking across the sky. Another fireball sighting was reported this month in Florida, but the most spectacular celestial event occurred when a meteor soared over Russia before the rock slammed into Earth's surface, sending shockwaves across a widespread area.

The sightings were reported as a 50-foot asteroid estimated to weigh 143,000 tons -- dubbed 2012 DA14 -- made an historic fly-by.


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