Bright Lights Fall From Sacramento SkiesSACRAMENTO – Residents from all over the Sacramento area have been reporting bright lights in the sky.
By Daniel Montes
By Daniel Montes
One witness in Sacramento described the bright light as “a fireball streak across the sky from east to west,” and “a white ball with a greenish halo and tail.” Another witness in Lodi said they thought it was a space junk.
Elk Grove Resident Dave Dial believes it was meteor shower. He said it was a glowing light that shot through the sky, from east to west.
For some, the bright lights were alarming. California Highway Patrol Officer John Griffin said he received many calls of a possible aircraft down. A helicopter and police units went to check on an area near Highway 99 and Twin Cities Road, but found nothing. He says it was most likely a meteor shower, a first for him.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Did you see the brief and bright show in the sky over the Central Valley on Tuesday evening?
David Kenyon, an astronomy professor at Sierra College, said the fireball seen from Rocklin to Modesto was a relatively common occurrence.
"Actually, these large events probably occur a few times a week," said Kenyon, who captured the fireball on video from his home in Rocklin. Many local residents called the KCRA 3 newsroom after spotting the light in the sky.
Kenyon said the fireball was a kind of meteor, which consisted of interstellar material that burned up as it entered the Earth's atmosphere.
He added that this particular fireball likely originated from material that measured at least a few centimeters across. Fireballs are also known as bollides.
Kenyon, who is part of the Fireball Network, regularly points a camera skyward in hope of capturing such events on video.