CA, Fireball Sightings: Dec. 27, 2008
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Comments: Grant Bentley: "I got up to go to
the bathroom this morning around 1 AM and, as luck would have it,
my bathroom's west-facing window framed an intense fireball in the
sky about 30 degrees in declination over the Wheeler Crest. It was
as if someone had set off a rescue flare that instantly bathed the
countryside around Bishop in whitish blue-green light. You could
see portions of the object disintegrating as it trended left to
right at an angle of about 15 degrees below horizontal. At one point,
the path of the incoming meteor went behind a cirrus-stratus cloud
that it backlit in snowy green light. After a brilliant show of
less than three seconds (time enough to register the impressions
I am describing now) it was gone without a trace. It was easily
the most massive object I have ever seen burning up as it entered
the Earth's atmosphere."
Comments: Will Wilkens: "At 1:50 a.m. PST
I witnessed what appeared to be a large meteor over Southern California.
I am located in South Corona in western Riverside County. Sitting
at my computer facing my window (blinds were open) which looks north,
saw a very bright descending ball of light towards the northwest…..I
stood up to look closer and watched it descend quickly behind the
nearby hills. Angle of descent was 60 deg. Very bright. Saw it for
about 8 seconds."
San Jose, California
Comments: George Shirakawa: "I was driving
in San Jose on Interstate 280 and saw the event...I have never seen
anything like it!"
Comments: Erika Knorn: "Close to 2:00 a.m.
I got up from watching TV to let my dog outside. As she was walking
around the grass I was looking up over our house and what I saw
was the most beautiful ball of light I have ever seen!!!! As it
came over my house I saw the ball of light get more of a trail behind
it. Then it got brighter and looked like it strated to get bigger,
then it blew outwords into a perfect big green circle that formed
around the ball. I then saw the green circle flash a couple quick
flashes of green/blue light then it looked like the fireball blew
gold and white flashes behind it and disappeared! I was so surprised
from what I had just seen that I stood outside for a couple of minutes
to see if maybe what I had just saw was some kind of missile or
flare. Then I heard about 50secs or so later a loud distant boom
and a slight rumble like a thunder clap! We had no rain or thunder
in our area lastnight so I knew it wasn't thunder! It also sounded
like a sonic boom. I have been in Merced for along time and when
Castel Air Force Base was active, I did get to hear a few sonic
booms and that is what it also sounded like. I called my brother-law
Ken in Modesto California north of Merced this morning and I told
him what I had witnessed. He then told me he heard something while
he was on his computer around the same time I was outside seeing
this all happen!!! I have seen meteor showers before, but I have
NEVER seen something like this! I'm still in complete wow on the
how big it was."
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