Fireball! – update

May 5th, 2012 at 1:01 am by under Bill's Blog, Weather

  UPDATEPeople are finding pieces of the meteor….and they are worth some $$$$!!!!!  Scientists have hired a blimp to look from the air over rough terrain for an impact crater!   Click on the picture or click here to enlarge – picture from Lisa Warren (who was walking her dog and took the picture), KTVN and NASA.  A (relatively) huge meteor moved from east to west early Sunday morning (4/22) across Nevada into central California.  Here’s a closer map.  You can see it was quite visible in the day’s light.  Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office estimated that it was “the size of a minivan” and weighed about 154,300 pounds!  When it broke up, the result was the equivalent of a five-kiloton explosion.  It was heard as a “sonic boom” on the ground.  Events like this happen about once a year, but are often over the ocean or a sparsely populated area.  Here’s more….and some eyewitness accounts.   Also, here’s a picture of the Northern Lights over Lake Superior earlier this week.

6 Responses to “Fireball! – update”

  1. INDY says:

    Get Ready for a verry windy day 40 -50 mph winds again with lots of sun shine!!! INDYY….

    1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

      Oh yeah, more wind! Just waiting for my 1/2 dead tree to come down one of these days. I’m hoping and waiting for the sun to arrive but not the cool temps but hey, next week Wednesday on look good! Dh is coming home Saturday for 3wks for R&R so I’m hoping weather is good and temps mild so we can go kayaking and work out in the yard.

      1. Swatz_Zoo(Cedar Springs) says:

        It will be awhile yet before we see the sun, but it’s trying to get here, just taking awhile.

  2. david says:

    To Bill is it posable that sonic boom made it to Mi the reason i ask is because that afternoon i heard a boom and it shook my windows and the doors I live in Charlotte is there anyone eles that heard the boom ?

    1. Brad says:

      That was your neighbor’s meth lab exploding…

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