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The fireball as seen over Reno, NV.

On the morning of Sunday, April 22, many agree that they heard a large boom reverberating through the atmosphere. Those who happened to be outside at the time saw an accompanying streak of light through the sky — in broad daylight. There have been speculations that it could have been a government missile, (and the government broke the sound barrier as a cover up?) or maybe even Superman himself. But in actuality, the streak and sonic boom have been attributed to a fireball entering the atmosphere. A fireball is a very large meteor that can achieve the brightness of a full moon for a short time. They occur every day in all parts of the world, but the average person only sees 2 in their lifetime. This fireball, which was visible in California and parts of Nevada, was a part of the Lyrid meteor shower that makes its spin annually for a weekend in April. Since the moon was in a new phase and the sky was darker, the shower was even more visible during the night than it has been in previous years.

A sky map of the Lyrid shower.

And here’s where the story gets a little kooky.

A peak of the shower directly coincided with Coachella Weekend 2 (which I had the pleasure of attending), and specifically with the famed Snoop/Dre set in which the late rap legend Tupac made a holographic appearance. Putting two and two together, I found out that viewers witnessed a meteor right before Tupac’s entrance. Many were freaking out (even beyond the fact that a hologram was coming to life before their eyes). At first, I was confused as to why they reacted this way. But after talking to some people who were there at the set, I discovered the reason behind this odd reaction. In their paranoia and exhaustion at the end of a long weekend, some people synthesized that this meteor was Tupac’s spirit coming back to earth. Is this just pure kooky conspiracy? Or is this more than a cosmic coincidence. I’ll let you decide.

Images courtesy of (1) and (2).

Hailey Simpson is currently a reporter for BARE Blog. A first year Media Studies major from SoCal. When not scrawling in her notebook or getting used to the widespread use of 'hella', she enjoys concerts, British and comedy TV, drinking tea, and exploring the Bay.

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