Minivan-Sized Meteor, A Rare Phenomenon Seen Over California (Photo)

By on Apr 26, 2012 in Amazing, Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

A minivan-sized meteor exploded in daylight over California‘s Central Valley over the weekend, international news sites reported on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

According to reports, the phenomenon was rare because the fireball, which is estimated to be about the size of a minivan, is much larger than most meteors.

Minivan-sized Meteor
The Minivan-sized Meteor
Credit: NASA

Bill Cooke, director of NASA‘s Meteoroid Environment Office reportedly said that the meteor was believed to have been a small asteroid. According to Cooke, the meteor burned up spectacularly after entering the Earth’s atmosphere at just below 34,000 miles per hour and generated an energy equivalent to the explosion of 3.8 kilotons of TNT.

The minivan-sized meteor was seen from Sacramento to Las Vegas and in parts of northern Nevada as it entered the atmosphere at about 8:00 AM Sunday, reports said.

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