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Fireball Streaks Across North Bay, California

Friday night event coincides with asteroid narrowly missing Earth Friday.

 

After a close call Friday with a massive streaking asteroid that missed Earth by 15 minutes, the North Bay and the rest of California took a collective breath.

The JPL Asteroid missed striking land on Earth by 17,000 miles -- not a great distance in Space terms.

But the sigh of relief did not last long.

According to USA Today, the California skies were lit up by another object Friday -- a fireball. And, in Russia, an asteroid actually did hit land on Friday, opening up a massive crater.

The newspaper, meanwhile, said the fireball over California, described as a "sporadic meteor," first lit up the skies in Santa Rosa and then moved on to other parts of the North Bay and the rest of the state.

To read the article, click here.

Larry Adams February 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM
An asteroid did NOT hit the earth... it was a meteor which lit up the sky, and which might have landed, thus becoming a meteorite.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" February 17, 2013 at 12:12 AM
At some point space is going to get tired of us. But don't worry it will be quick and painless.
Keri Brenner (Editor) February 17, 2013 at 12:34 AM
Hi Larry: Are you referring to the one in Russia? Thanks for the clarification. There were actually three events: an asteroid that narrowly missed the Earth, a fireball over California and an asteroid or meteor that landed in Russia. I will check the story and try to clear that up if it's confusing. Thanks.
AngelA Johnson February 17, 2013 at 06:36 AM
A fireball flew by my son and I a couple of months ago in Guerneville while we were walking home that evening. It was only ten feet away...amazing.
William Bertram February 18, 2013 at 07:29 PM
WHY is there a video here of the Turkmenistan gas fire mining accident crater that has been burning for 41 years passing itself off as Russian meteor damage?? This is embarrassingly bad "Research" to say the least. Is anyone from the Patch going to stand up and say "Oops, sorry for the serious 'Fail' here."? Honestly, the ONLY part of the meteorite to hit earth landed in a lake and punched a hole in the ice. Nothing has yet been found,
William Bertram February 18, 2013 at 07:40 PM
...and for the sake of Fairness, millions are being duped worldwide to believe that the Turkmenistan crater fires were the result of the asteroid/meteor. Most these false reports using the various available videos are coming out of Latin America. Cheers!~

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