I spent time training in San Antonio, Texas when I was in the Air Force, but I never saw a fireball in the sky like the one that was reported earlier this month. It reportedly shot right across the mid-day sky.

A witness described it to NBC as,  "like a little piece of the sun falling,”  That news report however contained an inaccuracy that led many to conclude the light show was actually man made.

“Reviewing the video, it does appear to be a [jet] contrail,” said Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office. It seems that a jet also flew through the skies of San Antonio about the same time of day, 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. Location is restricted to any part of the country either. Ever seen one around here?

[Life's Little Mysteries]