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Meteors spotted over Southern California

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Keep your eyes on the sky Thursday night, because large fireballs will be lighting up the sky again.

The south Taurids meteor shower started on Tuesday night, and CBS News 8 viewers have been calling our newsroom to report sightings.

The Taurid Meteor Shower shows up like clockwork every year in early November and because the moon sets early right now, the skies are dark and the meteors bright.

Experts say it should peak the night of November 16 into the early morning of November 17, when you should be able to see 10 to 20 fireballs an hour.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern Californians from Santa Barbara to San Diego have reported seeing a fireball that forecasters said was most likely a meteor streaking across the sky.

The National Weather Service says the sightings reported starting at about 8 p.m. Wednesday night are most likely associated with the South Taurids meteor shower that has been especially active in early November. Astronomers say the Taurids don't bring big numbers of visible meteors but a high percentage of extremely bright ones that look like fireballs.

Twitter lit up with reports of the sightings, though few if any were able to capture the streak on photo or video.

Comedian Eli Braden tweeted that he "just saw an absolutely INSANE meteor in the sky above Glendale, CA ... Either that or the alien invasion has begun."

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