California residents were stunned when a glowing fireball exploded above them, producing gorgeous green colors. The meteor hit Earth’s atmosphere on Sunday, September 6, over California, with dozens of reports of the sighting.
Some Californians claimed it was the best meteor sighting they had ever seen, while others were amazed at how close it apparently got to the ground.
Nearly 50 people reported the sighting to the International Meteor Organization (IMO), with a video from a security camera showing the fireball in all its details.
Robert told IMO: “This was huge. I’ve never seen anything like it. I happened to look up while sleeping on my balcony and saw this giant fireball fly.
Megan said: “I have never seen such a vivid color in my life.
“Very large and looked very close and low in the sky, compared to the meteor showers I have seen.”
Mike said: “It was a close call that no one got!”
Donna added: “It was slightly orange around the outside of the ball while it was dark green with a green tail.
“I’ve never seen something this big or anything like it in my life! It was beautiful!”
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Each year, the Earth is hit on average by more than 6,000 meteorites, most of which disintegrate in the atmosphere as soon as they hit.
However, in some cases, they can almost reach the ground, causing widespread damage in the process, such as the Chelyabinsk meteor.
In 2013, a 20-meter meteor exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, shattering windows and injuring more than 1,000 people.
Another such incident also occurred in Russia in 1908, when a small asteroid exploded over the Siberian Tunguska that ruined the woods for 800 miles after going unnoticed by experts.
The explosion was so powerful that it was equivalent to 30 megatons of TNT at an altitude of 10-15 kilometers (6.2 to 9.3 miles).