Unfortunately, nature doesn’t care if we’re prepared for a meteor’s explosion or not. Such events can remain forever in our memory and remind us that we’re all truly fragile in the Universe. But even so, NASA has done a pretty good job at finding asteroids that could pose a threat to us.
But this time, we’re not talking about a space object that hit the surface of the Earth. On the very first day of 2022, the grounds from Pittsburgh started to shake, and a massive boom was heard. These phenomenons terrified the residents, and the National Weather Service suspects that an exploding meteor is to blame, according to The New York Post.
A significant flash confirms the hunch
When you feel your house trembling, and you hear a deafening sound, perhaps the only missing ingredient is a major flash to confirm that it’s a meteor to blame or aliens. Since no green “wiseguys” had been found by astronomers until now, we can consider the first scenario. A flash was also reported, but the National Weather Service still can’t say for sure that a meteor is to blame. However, the emergence of a meteor in the sky remains the best explanation for the situation.
The loud explosion heard over SW PA earlier may have been a meteor explosion. This GOES-16 GLM Total Optical Energy product shows a flash that was not associated with lightning. No confirmation, but this is the most likely explanation at this time. pic.twitter.com/ArtHCEA1RT
— NWS Pittsburgh (@NWSPittsburgh) January 1, 2022
Luckily, there’s no information of anything reaching the surface or of anybody who has gotten hurt. And no, there are no signs of kidnapping either, so we can rule out any highly-advanced aliens willing to perform experiments on humans.
Meteors causing massive booms or ground shaking from time to time represent something entirely normal.
We can all feel privileged that most space rocks entering the Earth’s atmosphere will get obliterated in the atmosphere due to air friction. In this way, they won’t hit the surface and cause damage. The far away an object is coming from, the higher speed it will have.