Internal emails expose how NASA scientists missed what they called the "largest asteroid" to "pass this close to Earth in the last century."
The meteor was not even that big by NASA's standards.
Hundreds filed reports with the American Meteor Society after spotting a bright blue-green meteor in the sky on Tuesday.
The fireball lit up the night sky as though a stadium turned on its lights, a Tallahassee resident said.
The National Weather Service in Detroit confirms that the "flash and boom" were not from lightning.
The incredible sight was reported by people in at least nine states and Canada.
The extraterrestrial gemstones are an added bonus.
Scientists are testing debris from a mysterious explosion in India that killed one person and injured three others.
People from Ohio to Ontario reported seeing the spectacular fireball.
Debris from a Russian rocket caused the spectacular sight, says scientist.