Throughout the west, including the Sacramento region, early-risers are reporting what appears to be a fireball.
A fireball is another way to describe a very bright meteor, according to the American Meteor Society. A fireball is generally the same magnitude of brightness as the planet Venus in the morning or evening.
In an e-mail to The Bee, one early morning dog walker observed the celestial wonder at 5:20 a.m. moving south to east. The "very impressive falling star" had multiple colors and left a trail visible for several seconds.
Comments were posted on the meteor society's website at amsmeteors.org:
From San Diego: "It was over the Coronado Navy Base."
From Fairfield: This was a remarkable sighting; I have a long drive to work and see shooting stars not infrequently but this was brighter and significantly longer than any I have seen before.
From Auburn: A separate bright object was seen over fireball. Looked like the space station would but faded in and out and lasted only about 5 seconds.
From Foresthill: It was awesome!
From Davis: This was very big and bright. It looked closer than any shooting star I've ever seen.