Nightly News   |  November 07, 2013

Meteor streaks across California sky

Visible from San Diego to Los Angeles, the giant fireball signaled the beginning of a period of high meteor activity. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> well, phones lit up in southern california right after the sky lit up last night. we have been seeing a lot more of these lately, perhaps because there are more cameras out there. a giant fireball screaming across the sky from as far south as san diego to as far north as l.a. on top of last night's show, astronomers say we are headed into a period of heavy meteor activity next week.

>>> if that's not enough, a european satellite will fall to earth over the weekend and no one is sure where. as one british paper put it today, stay calm. remember, they said that about world war ii . it is expected to break up into 25 to 45 smaller pieces and cause no real harm. there is a lot of hardware up there. this one with website tracks the number of satellites orbiting the earth right now. not one of them can stay in the same orbit indefinitely.