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Daylight fireball produces sonic boom over Salt Lake City, Utah

utah fireball august 13 2022

A bright daylight meteor produced a sonic boom over northern Utah at 14:31 UTC (08:31 LT) on Saturday, August 13, 2022.

The object was first confirmed by GOES-17 Lightning Mapper over Davis and Morgan counties and later by visual recordings submitted by residents.

The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 14 reports from Idaho, Wyoming and Utah.

Residents described the sound as loud and deep, followed by 3 – 4 seconds of rumbling.

Preliminary analysis, based on reports submitted to the AMS, places the object’s entry just north of Salt Lake City. The object traveled NNW and ended somewhere over the Great Salt Lake.

It’s possible some pieces survived the entry. Unfortunately, most of them would be scattered over the NW Great Salt Lake.

utah fireball ams trajectory august 13 2022
Fireball over Utah on August 13, 2022 – heatmap and trajectory. Credit: AMS

Featured image: Daylight fireball over Salt Lake City, Utah on August 13, 2022. credit: Snowbasin Resort

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