Rare daylight fireball over the English Channel, sonic boom reported


A rare daylight fireball was observed over the English Channel at 14:50 UTC on March 20, 2021. The event was followed by a sonic boom, heard by many people from the UK.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 131 reports so far. The event was mainly seen from the West of France (Brittany, Normandy, and Parisian region) and from South West England and Wales.

A house-shaking sonic boom was heard in parts of Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, and Somerset. The sound reportedly triggered car alarms and shook windows.

Image credit: AMS​

Featured image credit: AMS


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