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Can a meteor cause a sonic boom?

We just experienced a meteorite that caused a sonic boom in our area. I have done a little research and discovered that the kinetic energy that develops as a meteor enters earth's atmosphere displaces the air at faster than sound… Full Answer

What has to happen for a sonic boom to occur?

for a sonic boom to occur, the object (usually a airplane)must travel supersonic or faster than the speed of sound(about 340 meters per second). The sonic boom continues as long as the object is supersonic. More info see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_boom. Full Answer