Former Harvard scientist and physicist Avi Loeb recently claimed that the mysterious banging noise heard over New England came from a UFO … but not in the way you’re probably thinking.
The windows of homes across New England rattled for 12 full seconds around 7:43 p.m. on Oct. 20, 2023, as an enormous bang echoed through the state, with no discernable source to be seen, according to The Science Times. The sound spanned an area of tens of miles and created a pressure wave that rippled through Earth’s atmosphere at a rate of 1,115 feet per second, per the outlet.
Loeb’s Galileo Project observatory detected the boom, as did countless others, some of whom admitted they had absolutely no clue where the heck it came from.
“We have no idea!!!” Mount Washington Observatory wrote on Facebook. “Northern NH, and especially Whitefield, we have no idea what shook your houses, rattled your windows, and made your cats very angry. So far, it does not sound like an earthquake. At this point we think it related to a sonic boom, but honestly- without more info – we know just as much as you do!”
— William Wooten (@ISlyhawke) October 10, 2023
But Loeb thinks he knows what caused the terrifying sound. After collecting and collating a slew of data from many sources, analysis suggested the sound originated very far away, The Science Times reported.
Loeb concluded the sound may have come from the explosion of a one-mile-wide alien space rock during the Oroinid meteor shower, per the outlet. And if he’s right … then my God, we are lucky to be alive. If a one-mile-wide meteor had actually hit New England, it would have been the equivalent of 62.5 million Hiroshimas. (RELATED: Harvard Scientist Hints He Has Found Evidence Of Alien Life)
Can we take a moment and just appreciate the fact we all almost died less than a month ago. On Oct. 20, civilization as we know it could have been wiped off the face of the Earth by a meteor. But it wasn’t. If Loeb’s right, the thing broke-up as it hit our atmosphere, and we’re here to see another day. Be grateful.