Bright Streak Appears In The Sky Over California

SAN FRANCISCO (February 16, 2013)--The Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland, Calif., said Saturday it received numerous reports of a bright streak of light over the San Francisco Bay area.

The center said it received calls describing what appeared to be a fireball flying west Friday night, but it's not clear what the object was.

Astronomer Gerald McKeegan said the center's large telescopes did not pick up the object during a stargazing event.

The reports came hours after a meteor exploded over Russia and injured more than 1,000 people and an asteroid passed relatively close to Earth.

Experts say smaller meteorites hit Earth five to 10 times a year but large meteors such as the one in Russia are more rare.

Another meteor landed in the Bay Area in October and caused a loud sonic boom.

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