Explained: What is the sonic boom that rattled Bengaluru?

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News:A Sonic boom (a loud sound) which was heard in Bengaluru was probably heard while the IAF aircraft was decelerating from supersonic to subsonic speed.

Facts:

  • Sonic Boom: It is the sound associated with the shock waves created whenever an object travels through the air faster than the speed of sound. 
  • It generates enormous amounts of sound energy, sounding similar to an explosion or a thunderclap to the human ear.
  • Example: When an aircraft or other type of aerospace vehicle flies overhead faster than the speed of sound or supersonic.

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