On a fine morning of December 18, 2012, precisely at 11:25 AM, people of Jodhpur, India were startled by a deafening sound that appeared out of nowhere in the sky. The sound resembled the sound caused by a jet plane crossing the speed of sound. This phenomenon is known as sonic boom but the problem with Jodhpur Boom was that the sound was far more profound and deafening……
Imagine how would you feel if on one fine morning, just hours after you started your daily routine of your not-so-peaceful life, you hear a deafening sound out of nowhere. You might immediately start thinking of it as a massive explosion somewhere. What if you or anyone else fails to figure out what caused the sound? Exactly that is what the people of Jodhpur felt !!
Rumors quickly spread that the sound was an outcome of a sonic boom caused by a new breed of aircrafts tested by the Air Force or perhaps it was caused by an explosion in the ammunition storehouse of the nearby army area. Army personnel however declined the possibility of ammunition explosion.
December 18, 2012 was just another normal day in Jodhpur but that changed at 11:25 am when residents of Rajasthan’s second biggest city were startled by a deafening boom.
With the world being in the grip of ‘End of the World Dec 21’ rumour that year, initially some took the sound as the warning bell for the impending end of the human race, panicking lakhs of people.
Col SD Goswami – defense spokesperson openly said that the sound was not an outcome of any explosion. He went on saying that sonic boom caused by testing aircrafts was also not a possibility because sonic boom is completely forbidden in township areas.
He explained that when an object travels through air at a speed greater than that of sound, an enormous amount of sound energy is released which sounds very much like an explosion but since sonic booms in township areas are capable of inflicting enormous property damage such as crumbling of window panes, sonic booms are always tested at least 60 kilometers outside the town areas where there is no population.
That a sonic boom does not occur only at the moment an object crosses the speed of sound or it is heard in all direction from the speeding object may surprise you. The boom is a continuous effect occurring while the object is travelling at supersonic speeds. But it only affects only when observers stand at a point that intersects an imaginary geometrical cone behind the object.
As the object keeps moving the imaginary cone follows behind and when the cone passes over the observer, they will briefly experience the boom.Good examples of sonic boom in miniature form are: the crack of a supersonic bullet passing overhead or the crack of a bullwhip miniature.
While no explanation has been found for this sudden deafening Jodhpur Boom that appeared out of nowhere crashing in the sky, it was not a singular incident. These sounds or booms were actually taking place all over the world including USA and UK.
Geologists reported that the seismic readings during the booms were unlike anything ever recorded before. What caused these booms? This question isn’t going to be answered anytime soon and we can only hope that someday we get to know the cause and source.!!!
Weirdly enough, there were similar unexplained booms reported across different parts of the world during that entire month. These booms were witnessed over a course of several weeks and they were sometimes accompanied by strange green lights.
Geologists were confused as these booms were in no way similar to the testing of any new Air Force planes and it was something they had never encountered before. So what caused these booms? Were they connected to one another somehow? Was it some strange new weapon or an alien activity? The mystery remains unsolved !!!