Bay Area stargazers abuzz after spotting meteor overhead

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, February 16, 2013 17:31 EDT
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Northern California residents spotted the second meteor over Earth in less than 24 hours Friday night, KGO-TV reported.

This meteor, seen just hours after the one that injured more than 1,200 people after crashing to the ground in Russia, did not cause any damage. Astronomer Gerald McKeegan, who works for the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, California, called it a “sporadic meteor,” a relatively harmless event which usually takes place away from populated areas, but can result in as much as 15,000 tons of debris falling to Earth per year. McKeegan also said the two events were not related.

Last night’s sighting was also the second one in the Bay Area in less six months, following reports of a bright fireball streaking through the region in October 2012 and producing “loud booms” as it passed.

One resident filmed the meteor while driving on Interstate 280 and posted the footage on YouTube, writing, “Looked amazing in person! Thought it was a meteorite like Russia for a second.”

Watch KGO’s report on the latest meteor to grab people’s attention, aired Friday night, below.

And watch video of the meteor passing over the highway, posted by YouTube user “caiden915x,” below.

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Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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