Meteor in the night sky over an old building. MCR/Alexander Andrews/File Photo
KINGMAN — The Mohave County Rattler has been diligently seeking answers in regards to the large boom heard by hundreds in the late evening hours of May 7.
Nadine Barlow, chairwoman for the department of physics and astronomy at Northern Arizona University said she checked with some of the local meteor experts to see if any information was reported. She said nothing was reported by the American Meteor Society, which is the official organization that collects and verifies reports.
“Since it was early evening over a populated area, we expect that the AMS should have received many reports of the event,” said Barlow. “Since they have nothing, we suspect it was likely not a meteor.”
The Rattler also reached out to NASA. Bill Cooke, lead for NASA’s meteoroid environment office, reported this morning that nothing was showing on their cameras during that time.
“Our meteor cameras in each state are designed to detect bright fireballs in the sky,” said Cooke. “Since we didn’t see anything on the cameras, we will take a look at the seismic records.”
Cooke said that checking these records could take a little while, but he will let The Rattler know as soon as he gets the information.
The Mohave County Rattler is still looking for surveillance video taken about 9:15 p.m. May 7. Video surveillance can be sent through Facebook Messenger or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s still a mystery, but now we can rule out a meteor.
As always– once we know, you’ll know.