Earlier tonight, while I was working in my bedroom and the rest of the family was watching a movie, we heard a sudden, VERY LOUD BOOM! It wasn't quite shake-the-house loud, but it was loud enough that we all mistook the sound for an odd, out of the blue, short clap of thunder.
Not long after, one of Russell's friends called, to tell us that it was a meteor crashing to the earth nearby! Well, that was exciting, for sure, but it turned out not to be correct. We learned later that the noise we heard was a sonic boom, from the space shuttle Endeavour, as it re-entered the atmosphere just before landing in Florida.
That was pretty exciting, too!