Boom Goes the Meteor?

By Jim Scott
|  Monday, Mar 9, 2009  |  Updated 5:26 PM EDT
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Things that Go "Boom" in the Night

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Meteors become visible at altitudes between 50 and 75 miles, according to Astronomy.com

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Things that Go "Boom" in the Night

People living in Yonkers, Tuckahoe, Mount Vernon, Eastchester and Scarsdale reported hearing a very loud noise. What was it?
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The loud boom many southern Westchester residents heard Saturday morning might have been caused by a meteor traveling through the atmosphere.

Bill Thys of the Rockland Astronomy Club said there was a very good chance a meteor could have caused the sonic boom, lohud.com reported.

Residents from Bronxville, Yonkers and Scarsdale reported the loud noise around 12:25 a.m. on Saturday.  Some reported seeing a yellow object streaking across the sky.

Several police departments received calls about the noise, but they were unable to locate the source. The National Weather Service said there were no weather conditions at the time to account for such a noise.

A sonic boom occurs when something moves faster than the speed of sound, which is 761 mpg. Meteors entering Earth's atmosphere typically move at over 1,000 mph, according to Thys.

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