Fireball! – updateMay 5th, 2012 at 1:01 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
UPDATE: People 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.