Meteor Spotted Blazing Across the California Sky [PHOTOS AND VIDEO]
Astronomers were left shocked after witnessing a meteor flash up the California sky. The meteor was reportedly noticeable over the San Francisco Bay area as well as the other parts of Northern California.
Philip Terzian, an amateur astronomer, photographed the meteor while on top of a ridge in the region of Palo Alto. "It looked like a plane crash or rocket. It was a 'Holy Cow!' moment,'' Terzian told The Associated Press. Also present at the location is a group of astronomy enthusiasts who just happened to be there when the meteor appeared.
Observers claimed that there was deafening explosion when the crescent-shaped and reddish-orange meteor flew across the sky. In the opinion of astronomy teacher named Jonathan Braidman of the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, the explosion heard could possibly be a sonic boom coming from the meteor which was traveling quicker than the speed of sound. "It's like a jet fighter,'' Braidman said.
Jonathan Braidnman further affirmed that the meteor was probably made of metal and rock from the asteroid belt. Even though some astronomers at the Science Center took an educated guess on the size of the meteor close to a car, Braidman considered the possibility that the meteor already broke down into smaller pieces causing it to scatter more than hundreds of miles away before finally hitting the ground.
Meanwhile, Professional astronomers are now predicting that more meteors will emerge with more striking light display in the sky as part of the bulky and speedy Orionid meteor shower. According to Sacramento Bee, the Orion meteors are actually space fragments from Halley's Comet where visibility can be validated once their trail passes through Earth.
In recent months, this shocking meteor incident is already the second one in Northern California. Last April 22, a meteor blast occurred above the large part of the region and Nevada which provoked a group of scientists to conduct a search for meteorites in a slow-moving airship.
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Photo:Nick Rose via Space.com
Skywatcher and photographer Nick Rose snapped this stunning view of a Perseid meteor from Millbrae, Calif., on Aug. 10, 2011 as the annual Perseid meteor shower neared its peak.
Meteors (bottom) streak
Meteors (bottom) streak past stars in the night sky in this long exposure photo taken near Amman November 18, 2009.