Photo Surfaces Capturing SoCal's "Green Fireball"

The sightings come after a series of sky spectacles, including a fireball over Russia

By Samantha Tata and Olsen Ebright
|  Friday, Feb 22, 2013  |  Updated 8:56 PM PDT
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Photographer Susan Lary of the Southern California Weather Authority captured a bright light in the SoCal sky while shooting a 1-minute exposure in Lancaster, Calif., on Feb. 21, 2013. Photo provided courtesy

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Fireball in the Sky Catches Bay Area's Attention

On a day that had a lot of people talking about meteorites and asteroids, a fireball of some sort was seen streaking across the Bay Area skies. The fireball was seen around 7:45 p.m.
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An authentic photo surfaced Friday afternoon capturing the bright light seen by dozens of Southern California sky watchers.

About 50 people contacted the American Meteor Society on Thursday with reports of a "green fireball" lighting up the sky. Sightings were reported in Ventura, Anaheim, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Paso Robles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara, according to the group's website.

Photographer Susan Lary of the Southern California Weather Authority captured the so-called fireball and provided the image to NBC News.

Lary's photograph (pictured, above) was taken with a 1-minute exposure in Lancaster, Calif., facing southwest.

"I saw a light and looked directly at the meteor as it came down in the ocean off Corona Del Mar. Bits came off, and it was bright white," Laguna Hills resident Patric Barry wrote in an email to NBC4.

Barry spotted the object out of his living room window about 10:35 p.m.

The sightings come days after Bay Area residents were treated to a light show of their own when a fireball was seen streaking across the sky. Another fireball sighting was reported this month in Florida, but the most spectacular celestial event occurred when a meteor soared over Russia before the rock slammed into Earth's surface, sending shockwaves across a widespread area.

The sightings were reported as a 50-foot asteroid estimated to weigh 143,000 tons -- dubbed 2012 DA14 -- made an historic fly-by.

It comes a week after a smaller fireball was seen over Bay Area skies. 

The video was titled "Shooting Star across San Francisco 2/15/2013 7:44PM."  The person who posted it said he was driving south on I-280 toward the peninsula.

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