People are not yet over on the recent fireball in Russia when another fireball was reportedly witnessed this time by residents of Northern California on Friday, February 15, 2013.
Curious on what exactly that object is, the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland reported receiving calls from residents. An instructor at the center named Jonathan Braidman described it as likely being a small piece of an asteroid that “somehow” got a collision course with our planet Earth.
“This is a very common occurrence. What is uncommon is that it’s so close to where people are living,” Braidman said noting that about 15,000 tons of debris from asteroids enter the Earth’s atmosphere every year.
“Usually these things break up into small pieces and are difficult to find,” he added.
Media outlets on Bay Area said that the fireball was reported to have been seen from an area stretching from Gilroy, about 80 miles south of San Francisco, to Sacramento, about 90 miles to the north east at around 8pm on Friday night.
Mike Hankey, Operations Manager for the American Meteor Society based in New York, said that the fireball was just a sporadic meteor and should not be considered as a major event.
“Fireballs happen every single night, all around the world. The media attention on the Russian thing got people’s attention, so they’re more likely to notice things in the sky,” he said.
Experts say smaller meteorites hit Earth five to 10 times a year but large meteors such as the one that hit Russia are rarer. Another meteor landed in the Bay Area in October and caused a loud sonic.
Below is the video of the fireball witnessed along the Bay Area in California last Friday night: