Sep 12, 2014 2:33 PM by News Staff
Early risers in the North State Friday witnessed a meteor flash light up the sky.
Around 6 a.m., viewers who saw the sky light up began calling and emailing Action News Now describing what they saw.
One viewer said "it looked like a huge flashlight shining through the clouds".
The photos below were captured by Action News Now viewer James Hutchinson near Marsh Junior High this morning at 5:57 a.m. Hutchinson said the light he saw expanded greatly, became very bright for a brief period and then was gone.
Bill Koperwhats, who works in the Geological and Environmental Sciences Department at Chico State says that this morning's occurrence was not a meteor shower, but a meteorite, a solid piece of debris from asteroids and comets.
A meteor is the phenomenon when a small rocky or metallic body travels through space and enters the Earth's atmosphere where it heats up and produces a streak of light, both from the glowing object and the trail of glowing particles it leaves in its wake.
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