Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Big Boom, Flash Likely Exploding Meteor, Say Oregon Scientists; Video

Published 03/08/2018 at 6:55 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff

Big Boom, Flash Likely Exploding Meteor, Say Oregon Scientists; Video

(Portland, Oregon) – One big boom and one really enormous flash. All that happened about 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, mostly reported in the western Washington area but with sizable numbers of reports in the Portland area, down into Salem and one possibly even from the southern Oregon coast. (Above: meteor over north Oregon coast several years ago).

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; Incredible specials now
In Cannon Beach:
Deals in full force now
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Check each listing for specials
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Fantastic Deals for Winter
In Lincoln City:
Deals on rooms everywhere
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
Specials abound
In Newport:
Specials and deals like crazy
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials
In Yachats, Florence
Many specials; lodgings not listed anywhere else

A flurry of social media posts were followed by varied conjectures of military aircraft (which creates such booms about twice a year in Oregon), conspiracy theories about submarine warfare to some kind of meteor or space debris.

It turns out the likely culprit is indeed a meteor.

Jim Todd, astronomy expert with Portland’s OMSI, - alongside plenty of meteorologists - are all pointing to what is a bolide meteor: essentially a fireball that explodes.

“According to the National Weather Service in Seattle, if the flash was a bolide meteor, it might have hit the atmosphere an angle of about 45 degrees relative to those who heard a sonic boom,” Todd said. “It can take 1 1/2 to 4 mins for the boom to reach ground after the explosion.”

Video below courtesy KATU.

Todd said the boom appears to have been heard at least in Portland, but the flashes were only visible north of the metro area.

Videos around the region have surfaced, showing a brief series of bright flashes that lit up the night sky. One was recorded by a sheriff’s office surveillance video in western Washington.

“In my opinion, based off of the video, with the flashes and the sonic boom associated, this likely a bolide,” Todd said. “It appears the bolide came in at a low angle and just broke up above the clouds which creates the flashes. Few seconds later, follows by the sonic boom.”

Oregon Coast Beach Connection’s Facebook page had one sighting claim on the southern coast. Oregon Coast Lodgings for this - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours.

Oregon Coast Lodging







 

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Oregon Coast Aquarium Goes Live with Three New Web Cams
You'll find the Shark Cam, the Seabird Cam and the Otter Cam. Newport events
Free Outdoor Events Every Day in Summer at Yachats Area of Central Oregon Coast
Hikes, kayaking, science presentations and even tours of a famed lighthouse. Yachats events
Saturn, Jupiter and Two Meteor Showers for Washington, Oregon, Coastlines
A bevy of heavenly bodies and fireballs for Portland, Seattle, Oregon coast, Washington coast, Southern Oregon coast. Weather
Lincoln City's Beach Ave. and Overlook Park: Cloistered Central Oregon Coast ...
Along Beach Avenue, therein lies a bundle of fun and discoveries. Kids
Closure of Razor Clamming on N. Oregon Coast Begins July 15
Clamming is shut down from Seaside to Warrenton for two months. South Coast back open
How Lewis and Clark Return to N. Oregon Coast in September
The north Oregon coast's most famous early tourists return to the town of Seaside
Seaside Mural on Hotel Makes a Viral Splash on N. Oregon Coast
Woodsy and rustic Coast River Inn at Seaside is making a name for itself
Retro Restaurants: Memory Lane of Historic N. Oregon Coast Eats
Documentation of some historic eateries and watering holes from the last 20 years in Manzanita, Cannon Beach, Wheeler

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details