Samantha Tata and Olsen Ebright
NBC LA 
Feb 23, 2013
An authentic photo surfaced Friday afternoon capturing the bright light seen by dozens of Southern California sky watchers.
About 50 people contacted the American Meteor Society on Thursday with reports of a “green fireball” lighting up the sky. Sightings were reported in Ventura, Anaheim, Van Nuys, Los Angeles, Paso Robles, San Francisco and Santa Barbara, according to the group’s website .
Photographer Susan Lary of the Southern California Weather Authority captured the so-called fireball and provided the image to NBC News.
Lary’s photograph (pictured, above ) was taken with a 1-minute exposure in Lancaster, Calif., facing southwest.