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Another Meteor Flashes Across Bay Area Skies (page 2)

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Meteor (in upper right-hand corner) caught on video in Bay Area night sky.

Meteor (in upper right-hand corner) caught on video in Bay Area night sky.

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He said that while Chabot was packed for its weekend stargazing sessions—held every Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting, where visitors come to get a look at the sky through Chabot’s powerful telescopes—the angle wasn’t right for people to see Friday night’s meteor.

But they continued tracking the asteroid’s fly-by, which because of its relatively small size looks like a “fuzzy dot” even through the telescopes. Stargazers there also were also enjoying views of Jupiter and the moon, he said.

But telescopes aren’t the best way to see meteors anyway, Braidman said, because of their high speed and brief appearances. The naked human eye is the best way to catch a look at a meteor.

He said that some Chabot viewers saw another streak Friday night, likely a much smaller particle than the more widely-seen meteor.

Meteors even come in showers sometimes when the Earth passes through the tail of a comet. The most visible in the Bay Area is the Perseid meteor shower in August, he said.

“Any time you get out to a dark sky take a look up and you might get to see something like that if you get lucky,” Braidman said.

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