Skip to comments.Rare daylight meteor seen, heard over Nevada, California
Posted on 04/22/2012 10:51:51 PM PDT by LibWhacker
LOS ANGELES | Sun Apr 22, 2012 10:22pm EDT
(Reuters) - A rare daytime meteor was seen and heard streaking over northern Nevada and parts of California on Sunday, just after the peak of an annual meteor shower.
Observers in the Reno-Sparks area of Nevada reported seeing a fireball at about 8 a.m. local time, accompanied or followed by a thunderous clap that experts said could have been a sonic boom from the meteor or the sound of it breaking up high over the Earth.
"It probably would have exploded as it entered the atmosphere," said Mike Smith, a meteorologist from the National Weather Service office in Sacramento, California.
The Reno-Gazette Journal reported in an online account that the booming noise set off alarms at a Walmart store in Carson City, Nevada's capital, and was felt in and around the Lake Tahoe Basin and into California.
The visible display of the meteor was described as dazzling.
"I was out ... hiking in the mountains (and) saw this great, big, white ball streaming across the sky to the west," Ellen Pillard, a Reno resident, told the Journal. "Then it just disappeared." Minutes later, she said, she heard a "boom."
"It was just amazing," Pillard said. "I thought maybe I was dreaming."
The meteor was reported seen in California from Sacramento to Orange County, hundreds of miles to the south. But the fireball went unnoticed in much of the Los Angeles area and other parts of Southern California because of cloudy skies.
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Call the Meteorite Men!
Missed it by an hour.
Oh well, I saw a daylight meteor as a kid many years ago. It went back into space.
I have a theoty that the meteor doesn’t care if it’s daytime or nighttime, and there are as many daytime meteors as nighttime meteors.
It’s the time of year for these sorts of meteors.
Watch the sky!
On its way to Roswell.
Daytime meteors are just as common as nighttime meteors. [head shaking]
I saw one as a kid as well. We came running in and told our mom that an airplane had crashed or something. Nothing on the news! Later, we heard it was a meteor 2 states away!
I’m still trying to figure out why the “paranormal investigators” looking for ghosts feel like they need to turn the lights off. Do the restless dead really care if the lights are on?
Scientist says sound signal from exploding meteor lasted 18 minutes
The event was recorded by two infrasound monitoring stations of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organizations International Monitoring System, one in Washington State and the other near the California-Mexico border. The IMS stations listen for illicit explosions, Sibler said.
Note: this topic is from April 22. Thanks BenLurkin.