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Meteor creates loud 'sonic boom' over UK

By T.K. Randall
March 22, 2021 · Comment icon 8 comments

The meteor was picked up on camera. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 4.0 UK Meteor Network
Meteorologists have blamed a meteor for a loud booming noise that shook England's south-west at the weekend.
The news broke on Saturday afternoon that residents in Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Jersey had heard a loud 'sonic boom' that shook their windows and left many concerned and confused.

Initially the cause of the sound left authorities scratching their heads, with the RAF denying that any of its aircraft were responsible and the British Geological Survey reporting that there hadn't been an earthquake.

Very quickly however, photographs and videos of the culprit - a meteor that had streaked across the sky overhead - started to make their way on to social media.
The event has since been described by experts as 'extremely rare' because only the largest and brightest bolide class meteors are typically visible during daylights hours.

Actually locating any fragments that have hit the ground however will be a challenging task.

"Normally when you hear that it's a good sign that you have got rocks that have made it to the surface," said Dr Ashley King. "It's incredibly exciting and I'm a bit stunned."



Source: BBC News | Comments (8)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by L.A.T.1961 3 years ago
For comparison - Sonic Booms from Space Shuttle Discovery.  
Comment icon #2 Posted by ouija ouija 3 years ago
Four booms? Unless two were echoes.
Comment icon #3 Posted by L.A.T.1961 3 years ago
More likely to be echoes ? Time between booms can indicate size, the first two booms had a reasonable delay between first and second. So something similar in size to Shuttle or Concorde ? 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Eldorado 3 years ago
A meteor caused the mystery 'sonic boom' that was felt across South West England this afternoon, astronomers believe, and it was caught on camera streaking across the sky. A taxi driver in Jersey caught the meteor entering the Earth’s atmosphere and disintegrating at the same time as residents took to social media after hearing the blast and feeling an accompanying shockwave at around 3pm today. dailymail
Comment icon #5 Posted by ouija ouija 3 years ago
^ ^ how exciting!
Comment icon #6 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 3 years ago
UFO. Proof, finally!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Trelane 3 years ago
IFO, outside of the light show and sonic boom nothing remarkable.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Hyperionxvii 3 years ago
That was John Brenan and Bigfoot after taking off in their UFO from Stonehenge in pursuit of domestic terrorists, libertarians, and Nazis. 


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