A San Francisco meteor is making headlines less than 24 hours after another giant cosmic event, with the latest one showing up as a bright flash of streaking light seen across the Bay Area.
The news come just one day after a giant meteor fell in Russia, sending giant shock waves that rocked buildings and shattered windows. The meteor was about the size of a bus, astronomers estimate, and caused more than 1,000 injuries when it sent a sonic boom across Russia’s Urals region.
Reporters of the San Francisco meteor began coming in late Friday night, with KNBC’s Jack Noyes tweeting: “Meteor lights up night Bay area sky. Reports coming in from San Jose, San Francisco and Sacramento.”
A video taken at close to 7:45 pm shows a bright bulb of light making a quick descent to earth. Though it appears small on video (and is referred to as a “shooting star”) witnesses vouch that the San Francisco meteor was actually much larger.
One YouTube commenter wrote:
“It flew south. It looked bigger in person. Even in person, I did not see much of a tail but I know of nothing that can fly that fast. In my opinion there’s no flare because it didn’t burn up completely in the video. The cam just wasn’t high def enough to catch it fly hundreds of miles down south.”
Though it may seem strange to have two high-profile meteor sightings in a span of a little less than 24 hours, Sacramento City College Astronomy Coordinator Liam McDaid says it’s just a coincidence. McDaid told Fox 40 that he doesn’t believe the San Francisco meteor is connected to the one in Russia or a piece of the asteroid that passed by the planet.