Fire Streaks Over San Francisco

Posted: Oct. 24th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Meteor Shower

Residents of San Francisco were given a spectacle on October 17th when a meteor was seen streaking through the skies. Thought to be an asteroid fragment near the size of a car, surprised residents were relieved to learn that the object likely crashed into the sea if it didn't burn up in the atmosphere.

 Yes, that was the sky falling over the San Francisco Bay area Wednesday night, and yes, there will be more of it this weekend. But, no, astronomers say, it is not something to worry about -- more likely, if you're so inclined, a sight to be savored.

Hundreds of people from San Francisco, Oakland and Santa Cruz called ABC station KGO-TV, reporting a loud boom and streaks of light in the sky around 7:45 p.m. local time Wednesday. Astronomers cannot be sure about any one report, but they suspect it was an errant piece of rock from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, traveling in an orbit that happened to send it tearing into the atmosphere over California.


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