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Sunday's meteor over the Sierra as seen from Reno, Nevada. (Lisa Warren/NASA-JPL)

Sunday’s meteor over the Sierra as seen from Reno, Nevada. (Lisa Warren/NASA-JPL)

MOUNTAIN VIEW (CBS SF) – NASA and the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence Institute were asking for the public’s help finding footage photos and video of a daylight meteor that fell over Northern California on Sunday, the NASA Ames Research Center announced Wednesday.

The meteor was sighted over the Sierra Nevada mountains shortly before 8 a.m. on Sunday, causing a sonic boom heard throughout the area, researchers said.

Through more photos and videos of the meteor, NASA and SETI researchers hope to analyze the trajectory of the meteor as it fell, lending insight into its orbit in space and where fragments of it may have landed on Earth.

Astronomer Peter Jenniskens with NASA Ames and the SETI Institute already found a four-gram fragment of the meteor in a parking lot in Lotus, Calif. on the American River.

“This appears to be a rare type of primitive meteorite rich in organic compounds,” Jenniskens said.

Anyone who took photos or video of the meteor has been asked to contact Jenniskens at petrus.m.jenniskens@nasa.gov.

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