In the same 24-hour period that a meteor injured more than 1,000 people when it exploded over Russia and a 150-foot asteroid skimmed past the Earth, a strange fireball streaked across the northern California sky Friday night.
Sightings were reported around 7:45 p.m. local time as far north as Sacramento and as south as Santa Cruz, according to KNTV-TV.
The fireball was described as bluish in color and seemed like it was plummeting straight toward the ground. One YouTube user driving in the San Francisco Bay Area posted video of what looked like a “bright blue shooting star.”
“I saw that meteor/fireball over Solano County after spending the day reporting on asteroids and fireballs,” KNTV reporter Jodi Hernandez said.
One astronomer told the station it sounded like a “sporadic meteor,” which can happen several times a day, and was unrelated to the asteroid that passed by Earth.