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Rare Daytime Fireball Created by Minivan-Size Space Rock

A surprise space rock explosion that lit up the daytime sky over parts of California and Nevada this week was no tiny meteor. NASA scientists say the fireball was created by a minivan-size asteroid that triggered a loud sonic boom as it broke apart and streaked through Earth’s atmosphere.

While daytime fireballs like Sunday’s event are relatively rare, what makes this week’s fireball even more unique is the apparent large size of the space rock that spawned it.

“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,” Don Yeomans, of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said in a statement. “Fireballs you can see relatively easily in the daytime and are many times that size – anywhere from a baseball-sized object to something as big as a minivan.”

But actually seeing a fireball in the daytime sky is a special skywatching treat, Yeomans said.

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