An unusual daytime meteor was spotted in Nevada Sunday morning, triggering a flood of calls in the law enforcement agencies offices.
However no causalities have been reported in the region so far.
A meteor as big as a basketball entered the earth's atmosphere and made a loud noise which the experts reckon could have been a sonic boom.
According to an eyewitness the noise sounded like an explosion had occurred next door.
Some believed it to be an earthquake, but no seismic activity was reported in the region.
Mike Smith a meteorologist from the National Weather Service office in Sacramento, California said, “It probably would have exploded as it entered the atmosphere”.
Nicole Carlsen resident of the area said, “It made the shades in my room shake hard enough to slam into the window a couple times. I kept looking for earthquake information, but there was nothing. I even checked the front of my house to make sure no one ran into the garage.”
Extraordinarily bright meteor
According to Robert Lunsford of American Meteor Society, meteors enter Earth often but are only visible at night. He referred the latest shooting star as “extraordinarily bright” since it was visible during the day unlike the other meteors.
He theorizes that the meteor could have survived until it disintegrated at eight miles above the Earth surface.
Robert Lunsford said, “From the reports, I have no doubt it was a fireball. It happens all the time, but most are in daytime and are missed. This one was extraordinarily bright in the daylight.”
Lyrid meteor shower
The meteor is noticed just at the peak time of the annual meteor shower know as Lyrid meteor shower. The shower happens when Earth passes from the dust of the comet which last approached the planet in 1861.
The showers contain meteors in sizes ranging from a pebble to that of a grain of sand. They are visible only after dusk but this meteor was different in comparison.