Fireball Spotted Over Irvine…Potential Treasure Hunt?

This fireball was sighted at the Okie-Tex Star Party on Sept 30, 2008.

The Orange County Register and NBC News report that a science teacher in Irvine, California spotted a fireball over the Irvine skies on Jan 10.

Doug Peltz was stargazing Sunday night with his wife when both saw the bright blue streak in the sky. Fireballs, according to the International Astronomy Union, are meteors “brighter than any of the planets.” They are spotted only on rare occasions, with the brighter ones occurring even less frequently.

Peltz has reported his sighting to Orange County Astronomers. A treasure hunt may ensue. Pieces of meteorites can sell for several hundred thousands of dollars.

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