Comet burned up over NorCal last Thursday

January 23, 2013 12:43:17 PM PST
It turns out the fireball that lit up the Bay Area skies last Thursday morning was actually a flaming comet.

Hundreds of people reported seeing the fireball, from the Bay Area to Reno, at 5:21 last Thursday morning. A scientist at the SETI Institute in Mountain View says it was a comet, about three feet long, that entered the earth's atmosphere just north of Yosemite. It burned up over Lake Tahoe, turning into dust and gas.