The mystery behind the loud boom that rattled parts of northern Utah on Saturday morning is now solved by a webcam, which captured a meteor trail flash in this area.
Witnesses immediately feared an earthquake or that military aircraft were in the vicinity and would break the sound barrier.
The Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville (Utah) has captured and confirmed a meteor sighting above the state via webcam video.
The resort It posted the footage to TwitterThe caption is as follows: “Did you hear that loud boom this morning? Our web cams captured this meteor flying over Snowbasin!”
Another VideoA tweet from Utah shows that there is a visible white streak in the sky, followed by the loud boom. This could be a confirmation of a meteor impact.
Salt Lake City was shaken by the booming sound, which reached its peak on Saturday, August 13, at 8.30 AM MDT.
However, it wasn’t only Salt Lake City that noticed, as reports came in from Park City, Syracuse, and West Valley City areas of Utah, per FOX13 News.
Seismographs on ground detected the event, and it was deemed an “unconfirmed earthquake or seismic-like event”ByVolcano Discovery.
Utah Governor Spencer Cox, however, quickly squashed rumors about earthquakes or military planes Through a tweet on TwitterFurther support was given to the meteor theory.
“Heard this while out on a run in SLC. We have confirmed it was not seismic/earthquake and not related to our military installations,”He said.
Governor Cox stated that they believe the meteorite crashed above them.
He attached A tweet from Matt Blank, a Utah residentThe handler is a person who calls himself? @msbutahOn Twitter, explain that “high altitude meteor”Most likely, it exploded into the Earth’s atmosphere.
The National Weather Service’s Salt Lake City office would also follow suit with similar findings to support Governor Cox and Blank’s theory.
They They wrote their own tweet that the lightning detection mapper possibly picked up the meteor’s trail flash, which officials said seemed to be confirmed by witness video, reports the New York Post.
“Bolstering meteor theory for this morning’s #boom in #Utah, the two reddish pixels shown over Davis and Morgan counties are from the GOES-17 Lightning Mapper, but not associated with evidence of thunderstorm activity in satellite or radar. Likely the meteor trail/flash #utwx,”This is the caption from NWS Salt Lake City.
Mike Hankey, American Meteor Society Operations Manager, said that meteor strikes are often accompanied by reports of fireball sightings or booms. The New York Times.
“If the object is large enough, it will get close enough to the surface to make this sound,”Hankey explained.
“It is like a sonic boom in some cases; others can witness an air blast or explosion in the air.”
NWS Salt Lake City Has seen the webcam footageRoy resident. We can safely say that the evidence points to a meteor impact as the most likely explanation.
It is now confirmed by the Sunbasin Resort footage.