by Staff Writers
Los Angeles (AFP) April 23, 2012
A loud boom similar to the sound of an explosion was heard over much of northern California early Sunday apparently as a result of an ongoing meteor shower, The Los Angeles Times reported.
The newspaper, citing Stefanie Henry, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Sacramento, said the sound had been produced by a meteor apparently breaking up above the Earth, sending the sound reverberating across the area.
The National Weather Service received reports of the sound across northern California, and even as far south as Orange County, the report said.
Though the peak of the shower was Saturday evening, beams of light will likely still be visible for several days, The LA Times said.
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The 3D Lyrid Meteor Shower
Huntsville AL (SPX) Apr 20, 2012
This weekend, NASA scientists, amateur astronomers, and an astronaut on board the International Space Station will attempt the first-ever 3D photography of meteors from Earth and space. "The annual Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 21-22," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "We're going to try to photograph some of these 'shooting stars' simultaneously from ... read more
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