Fireball Spotted Over East Bay. Did You See It?

Chabot scientists say the bright light seen this morning was probably a fireball.

Bay City News Service

A bright light that appeared in the Bay Area sky at 5:30 Thursday morning was likely a fireball, a local astronomer said.

"It was widely spotted," said Ben Burress, an astronomer at Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland.

Fireballs are meteors that explode, becoming highly visible. Burress said the brilliant event was not related to any meteor shower and that fireball sightings are "rogue events" and fairly rare.

It is close to impossible to measure or track fireballs since they happen so sporadically, Burress said.

Did you see the fireball Thursday morning? Let us know in the comments and post any photos or videos you might have on this story.

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Chris F. January 18, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Was there smoke on the water?
Chris J Kapsalis January 19, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Goodness Gracious!
Samantha April 06, 2013 at 03:28 AM
great balls of fire! I've seen one before. It really does look exactly like a ball of fire with flames too, bright yet far away.


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