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SALT LAKE CITY — cause of a large rumble that was heard across the Wasatch front on Saturday has not yet been determined, but all signs seem to point to heaven.
Early reports of big boom started around 8:32 am on Saturday, resulting in a flurry of social media messages. Lots of uploaded videos of home cameras capturing the loud rumbling heard in most of Wasatch Front, northern Utah and even parts of southern Idaho.
University of Seismographic stations in Utah quickly confirmed that the rumble was not an earthquake. Soon after, both Gov. Spencer Cox and the Utah National Guard tweeted that the boom had nothing to do with it. military installations, frequent cause of sonic booms.
Then all attention turned to the galaxies.
Several people reported seeing a burning object in in skythinking that the explosion might be related to a meteorite. Salt Lake City National Weather Service office supported the theory of meteors when flashes appeared on his cards, which were not caused thunderstorm.
Video appeared of Meteor flying in the morning sky in Roy just to boom.
“Now we have a video confirmation of meteor heard this morning over northern Utah, southern Idaho and elsewhere.” weather service tweeted.
Time coincides with Peaking Perseid meteor shower on Friday, according to Space.com. AT website notes that the meteor show is caused ice and rocks of comet Swift-Tuttle, last flew past the earth in 1992. It produces 150 to 200 visible meteors per hour. in in past.
Confirmation of the meteor theory for this morning #boom in #Utahshowing two reddish pixels over Davis and Morgan counties are part of the GOES-17 Lightning Mapper but are not connected with proof of thunderstorm activity in satellite or radar. Likely a meteor trail/outburst #utvksrice.twitter.com/qRO2Rsfca7
— NWS Salt Lake City (@NWSSaltLakeCity) August 13, 2022
KSL-TV spoke with Patrick Wiggins. An asteroid is named after him and he worked at the local planetarium. for decades, and now serves as a volunteer for NASA.
He said that it was not uncommon to see a meteor passing by. over Utah, but you rarely hear a meteor.
If you heard it like a lot of people did today, so it was close, and there is a possibility that there are fragments of this meteor somewhere in Yuta, he said. Wiggins’ advice: look around. home or wherever else you go.
“A little of they more expensive than gold,” said Wiggins. know you just walked past stone for $50,000.”
Participation: Carter Williams, Michael Locklear, KSL-TV