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Fireball spotted over Bay Area
January 18, 2013, 05:00 AM Bay City News Service

A bright light that appeared in the Bay Area sky yesterday morning was likely a fireball, a local astronomer said.

The light was seen around 5:30 a.m., Chabot Space and Science Center astronomer Ben Burress said.

"It was widely spotted,” he said.

Fireballs are meteors that explode, becoming highly visible.

He 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.



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