On February 15th at 3:20:26 UTC, a meteorite entered the atmosphere and disintegrated in the skies over Chelyabinsk, Russia. Cuban state TV reported that a giant meteorite had streaked across the central city of Rodas, near Cienfuegos, Cuba earlier on Tuesday.
Last Friday, the website CubaSi featured unidentified residents of Rodas claiming the explosion as impressive. A resident said he saw “a light in the heavens and then a big ball of fire, bigger than the sun.” Another resident described how her home was “shaken” by the explosion.
Numerous unconfirmed reports of a bright streak of light over the San Francisco Bay area on Friday night have surfaced.
Scientists at the Chabot Space and Science Center, in Oakland, said the Center received a few calls describing what appeared like a fireball flying west, but they were not able to clarify what the object was. According to Gerald McKeegan, an astronomer, the Centre’s telescopes did not pick up the object.
The following video clip, purportedly tracking an object shooting through the sky over San Francisco Bay Area, has appeared on YouTube.
- The Meteorite Explosion that Shook Chelyabinsk, Russia on February 15, 2013(tvaraj.com)
- Russian meteorite followed by claimed sightings in Cuba and California (guardian.co.uk)
- Fireballs reported in skies above Cuba and California (telegraph.co.uk)
- Cuba: Residents Report Large Meteorite Explosion Over Central Cuba, Houses Shaken (midnightwatcher.wordpress.com)
- Meteor sightings throughout the world (vineoflife.net)
- News: Russian Meteorite Shards Command ‘Stratospheric’ Prices (tvaraj.com)
- Crowded Skies: Comets and fireballs as harbingers of doom through the ages (talesfromthelou.wordpress.com)