April Fireballs Bring May…Craters? [VIDEO]
It’s a bird…it’s a plane…nope, neither of those. People in San Antonio, Texas were wondering exactly what it might have been earlier this month, when many say they saw what appeared to be a fireball streak across the daytime sky. One witness was quoted as saying “it was like a little piece of the sun falling.”
NBC4 in San Antonio had this report.
“Reviewing the video, it does appear to be a [jet] contrail,” says Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. He explained that a jet also flew through the San Antonio sky around the same time as the meteor, and the station erroneously used that footage. “But there WAS an actual daytime fireball over Texas on [April 2]. Two different things happening at about the same time, which always leads to confusion.”
According to Cooke, the most likely time to see a fireball, which is just an especially bright meteor, is late March or early April. Scientists don’t know why this is.