Weird Noises Associated With Meteorite Falls – A Link to the Strange Sounds in the Sky?


Are meteors or fireballs making weird noise when passing through the atmosphere?

And what about meteorites. Could their disintegration be linked to the strange sounds in the sky phenomenon?

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Artist’s impression of a meteorite falling to Earth.

During a witnessed fall, a meteorite presents an incredible show. Sometimes falls are also accompanied by weird sounds such as whistling, popping, booming, rumbling, humming, and roar. These sounds result from the meteor’s high velocity which may attain the ‘sonic boom’ velocity with its associated ground shaking or windows rattling.

Below you will find a compilation of sounds reported by witnesses of meteorite falls.

Reading the different description you will also probably come to the conclusion that some of the Strange Sounds from the Sky heard on Earth may be related to meteorite falls (rumbling, metalic sounds, loud booms, thunder-like noise, roaring noise, aeroplane sound).

The letters and numbers in brackets define the meteorite type:

Adzhi-Bogdo (LL3-6). “crackling sounds like gunshots”

Allegan (H5). “A cannon-like explosion followed by a hissing sound similar to that of an engine blowing off steam.”

Cabin Creek (IIIA). “An unusually loud whizzing metal sound.”

Crumlin (L5). “…a noise like thunder or the rolling of drums…”

Felix (CO3). “…a loud thunder like rumbling noise.”

Hatford (1628). “…a hizzing noise like flying of bullets…”

Honolulu (L5). “…Firing cannons …”

Holbrook (L6). “Distant thunder, cannon booming… Rumbling of a rapidly driven farm wagon on a rough road”

Karakol (LL6). “Whistle.”

Magombedze (H6). “Three loud detonation sounds and ‘an approaching aeroplane-like noise…”

Mooresfort (H5). “Sounds like thunder.”

Noblesville (H4). “Whirring sound, low pitched whistle”

Rowton (IIIA). “…a hissing and then a rumbling noise.”

St. Robert (H5). “electrophonic sounds”

Campos Sales (L4). “…a loud buzzing noise, a sonic boom, and a sound of bullets”

Juancheng (H5). “roaring sound during 2 to 3 minutes, …”

Ashdon (L6). “a loud “sissing” noise as if an aeroplane was overhead.”

Baldwyn (L6). “…humming noise”

Binningup (H5). “…whistling noise”

Middlesbrough (L6). “…whizzing or rushing noise …”

Peckelsheim (DIO). “…a whining noise”

Quesa (IRANOM). “approaching storm noise”

Rampurhat (LL). “…a roaring noise”

Ruhobobo (L6). “…jet aeroplane noise”

Sharps (H3). “…a whirring noise”

Trebbin (LL6). “loud hissing noise, …”

Warrenton (CO3). “…a whistling noise”

Wold Cottage (L6). “…heard various noises like pistols, or distant guns at sea, and a hissing noise
passing through the air…”

The following loud noises were created by meteors, fireballs or meteorites.

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