New England residents were left baffled after hearing a mysterious sound from a ‘UFO‘ last month.
The 12-second event on October 20 not only freaked locals out, it even saw homes shaking and windows shattering.
Ever since, scientists have been working frantically to find answers to the ‘explosion’ sound – and now they have them.
It was Harvard University that was initially tasked with finding answers, having recorded the noise on their astronomical instruments.
But scientists quickly discovered the noise didn’t resemble anything from birds, aircraft or wind.
That’s when Harvard’s former head of astronomy and apparent alien-hunting physicist, Avi Loeb, was tasked with finding the source of the noise that freaked so many people out.
What Loeb discovered was that the mysterious sound was moving at 1,115 feet per second (1,223 km/h / 760 mph), as captured by an observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
The expert was able to determine the energy source likely came from an exploding mile-wide meteor during the recent Orionid shower that peaked in the New England area a day after the ‘strange’ sound.
A massive, ultra-sensitive microphone installed on the Harvard building thankfully recorded the rather loud noise.
After picking up the sound on a piece of tech he designed and constructed, Andy Mead contacted Loeb the following day.
“I started getting messages this morning about a ‘viral’ sound that was heard throughout New England,” Mead shared in a note.
“Notably, the Mount Washington Observatory made a post about it as they had so many inquiries.
“That post now has over 4,000 reactions, 1,000 comments, and 751 shares, many of whom heard the sound and are following the story.”
That prompted Loeb to create a website next to crowdsource reports from other locations that could hopefully determine the distance how far the mysterious sound had traveled.
“Given the mission of the Galileo Project, one question came to mind: ‘Is this an Unidentified Anomalous Phenomenon (UAP)?’ Are aliens using advanced technologies near Earth,'” he shared with Medium.
“Multiplying this speed by the duration of the pulse, 12 seconds, implies a shell width of four kilometers for the blast wave, implying a distance of about 40 kilometers from the explosion,” Loeb added.
“At that distance, the measured pressure disturbance suggested an explosive energy release of 2.4 kilotons of TNT. The inferred energy and distance and reminiscent of meteors, which are known to make their own music at high altitudes.”