Fwd = Mysterious flash across California sky may have been an asteroid chip
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Original Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000 22:22:54 +0200 (CEST)
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Mysterious flash across California sky may have been an asteroid chip
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A green and orange flash people saw streak from
the high desert to the Pacific Coast across the night sky was most
likely a meteor, according to an astronomer.
The flash was seen in the clear Southern California sky about 8 p.m.
Tuesday. It was visible more than 100 miles away, as far east as the
Arizona line and as far south as the U.S.-Mexico border.
"From the description I got, it sounds like a very bright meteor or
fireball as we call it," said Patrick So, an astronomer with the
Griffith Park Observatory in the hills just north of downtown. He said
it was mostly likely a fragment of an asteroid that broke up long ago.
Such objects give off a green glow as they burn up in the Earth's
atmosphere, So said.
Trucker Tom Lawson was driving along Interstate 8 near Gila Bend,
Arizona, when he says he saw "a green light with kind of an orange
tail going from the southwest sky."
"It just kind of faded out as it got to the West Coast," he said.
Others said they witnessed the flash from San Diego and from Joshua
Tree, in the Mojave Desert.
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