Fireball over California/Nevada: How big was it?

A bright ball of light traveling east to west was seen over the skies of central/northern California Sunday morning, April 22. The former space rock-turned-flaming-meteor entered Earth's atmosphere around 8 a.m. PDT. Reports of the fireball have come in from as far north as Sacramento, Calif. and as far east as North Las Vegas, Nev. Bill Cooke of the Meteoroid Environments Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., estimates the object was about the size of a minivan, weighed in at around 154,300 pounds (70 metric tons) and at the time of disintegration released energy equivalent to a 5-kiloton explosion. "Most meteors you see in the night's sky are the size of tiny stones or even grains of sand and their trail lasts all of a second or two," said Don Yeomans of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "Fireballs you can see relatively easily in the daytime and are many times that size - anywhere from a baseball-sized object to somethi

Fireball over California/Nevada: How big was it?

(Phys.org) -- A bright ball of light traveling east to west was seen over the skies of central/northern California Sunday morning, April 22. The former space rock-turned-flaming-meteor entered ...

Wed 25 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Fireball Over California/Nevada: How Big Was It?, Wed 25 Apr 12 from SpaceDaily

From giant fireball over Calif., tiny meteorites

Robert Ward has been hunting and collecting meteorites for more than 20 years, so he knew he'd found something special in the Sierra foothills along the path of a flaming fireball that shook ...

Thu 26 Apr 12 from FOXNews

Fireball remnants likely in California after meteor

Tiny meteorites found in the Sierra foothills of northern California were part of a giant fireball that exploded over the weekend.

Wed 25 Apr 12 from USA today

Rare Daytime Fireball Created by Minivan-Size Space Rock

The fireball streaked across the daytime sky over parts of California and Nevada.

Wed 25 Apr 12 from SPACE.com

No apparent damage from meteor that crossed California and Nevada

A fiery meteor created a thundering explosion and traced a rare daylight fireball seen for about 600 miles across Nevada and California, before apparently breaking up harmlessly at high altitude, ...

Tue 24 Apr 12 from FOXNews

Minivan-sized meteor packed explosive power

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Scientists say a giant fireball that exploded in daylight over California's Central Valley over the weekend was a rare phenomenon and much larger than most meteors....

Wed 25 Apr 12 from AP

Minivan-size meteor made Calif. fireball

PASADENA, Calif., April 24 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers estimate the size of the meteor that caused a giant fireball over California and Nevada was about the size of your average minivan.

Tue 24 Apr 12 from UPI

How Big Was The Fireball Over California And Nevada?

A bright ball of light traveling east to west was seen over the skies of central/northern California Sunday morning, April 22. The former space rock-turned-flaming-meteor entered Earth's atmosphere ...

Wed 25 Apr 12 from RedOrbit

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