Meteorites (Meteors That Landed / Impacted)

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I'm fairly convinced that I was hit on the head by a meteorite the size of a small pea.
I was a teenager waiting for the bus to school. I heard a bang (something hitting the bus shelter's metal roof) and was then hit on the head by a small stone, which I saw falling to the ground at my feet. It seemed to be fizzing slightly and when I picked it up it felt really cold.
Looking around, there was nobody who could have thrown it at me.
It was only years later that I figured out what it was.
I guess if I visit the bus shelter and wave a magnet about, I might find it.
 

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I'm fairly convinced that I was hit on the head by a meteorite the size of a small pea.
I was a teenager waiting for the bus to school. I heard a bang (something hitting the bus shelter's metal roof) and was then hit on the head by a small stone, which I saw falling to the ground at my feet. It seemed to be fizzing slightly and when I picked it up it felt really cold.
Looking around, there was nobody who could have thrown it at me.
It was only years later that I figured out what it was.
I guess if I visit the bus shelter and wave a magnet about, I might find it.
Wouldn't a meteorite be more likely to be hot or at least warm from the friction of passing through the atmosphere at speed?
 

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Wouldn't a meteorite be more likely to be hot or at least warm from the friction of passing through the atmosphere at speed?
You'd think so, but if it was a small pebble-sized meteorite at the temperature of space (-455 degrees F) and falling at the right angle, it would heat up a bit, then once slowed down in the upper atmosphere, it may collect ice (or it may have ice on it already from space).
A much larger meteorite with some mass would carry on heating up and would melt a bit. That would definitely be hot when it hit the ground.
 

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I've sat on the meteorite mentioned in the story below back in January 1977 at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. There is a photo of me on it somewhere, now lost to the sands of time.

Grand Canyon meteorite finds new home
 

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Once the meteorite loses forward momentum, it won't heat up any more by friction. Pea-sized meteorites have probably fallen about 10-20km, so there's plenty of time to get cold.
 

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Indonesian coffin maker becomes instant millionaire after $1.8million SPACE ROCK crashes through his roof

A COFFIN maker in Indonesia became an instant millionaire - when a $1.8million lump of space rock crashed through his roof.

Josua Hutagalung, 33, was at home when the football-sized meteorite smashed through the veranda at the edge of his living room.



Experts have hailed the 4.5billion-year-old space rock as one of the most significant meteorite finds ever - saying it could contain elements which give clues to the origins of life.

Josua, of Kolang, in North Sumatra, has already sold the rock to a specialist collector - given him enough money to retire and build a new church in his village.

He said: “I was working on a coffin near the street in front of my house when I heard a booming sound that made my house shake. It was as if a tree had fallen on us.

“It was too hot to pick up so my wife dug it out with a hoe and we took it inside."

He was given the equivalent of 30 years' salary for the 2.2kg rock.



The meteorite is classified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an extremely rare variety which scientists believe contains unique amino acids and other primordial elements necessary for the sparking of life itself.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/1812079/indonesia-meteorite-space-rock-roof-millionaire/

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Indonesian coffin maker becomes instant millionaire after $1.8million SPACE ROCK crashes through his roof

A COFFIN maker in Indonesia became an instant millionaire - when a $1.8million lump of space rock crashed through his roof.

Josua Hutagalung, 33, was at home when the football-sized meteorite smashed through the veranda at the edge of his living room.



Experts have hailed the 4.5billion-year-old space rock as one of the most significant meteorite finds ever - saying it could contain elements which give clues to the origins of life.

Josua, of Kolang, in North Sumatra, has already sold the rock to a specialist collector - given him enough money to retire and build a new church in his village.

He said: “I was working on a coffin near the street in front of my house when I heard a booming sound that made my house shake. It was as if a tree had fallen on us.

“It was too hot to pick up so my wife dug it out with a hoe and we took it inside."

He was given the equivalent of 30 years' salary for the 2.2kg rock.



The meteorite is classified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an extremely rare variety which scientists believe contains unique amino acids and other primordial elements necessary for the sparking of life itself.

https://www.the-sun.com/news/1812079/indonesia-meteorite-space-rock-roof-millionaire/

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Good for him!
 

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... A COFFIN maker in Indonesia became an instant millionaire - when a $1.8million lump of space rock crashed through his roof.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/1812079/indonesia-meteorite-space-rock-roof-millionaire/
Well, no ...

The initial news accounts greatly exaggerated the amount of money Josua Hutagalung received for his meteorite. The actual facts and back story provide an interesting example of actual events becoming instantly blown out of proportion.
The Indonesian meteorite which didn't sell for $1.8m

The story made headlines around the world - a meteorite crashes through the roof of an Indonesian villager's home and turns out be worth millions, changing his life forever.

It was suggested that the find was worth $1.8m (£1.36m), making the man an overnight millionaire - and if he wasn't, they debated whether he'd been short-changed selling it to US buyers.

But neither of those things is true. The meteorite is not worth millions, and no-one has been ripped off.
This dream come true is not quite as it first seemed. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55013725
 

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Well, no ...

The initial news accounts greatly exaggerated the amount of money Josua Hutagalung received for his meteorite. The actual facts and back story provide an interesting example of actual events becoming instantly blown out of proportion.


FULL STORY: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55013725
I was once told that someone had to earn a million pounds or dollars per year to be called a millionaire, having a million doesn't give you that title.
 

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I was once told that someone had to earn a million pounds or dollars per year to be called a millionaire, having a million doesn't give you that title.
I’ve held over a million in my hands. Unfortunately it was Ecuadorean Escudos which was roughly $1200.
 

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Swedish geologists have found a chunk of the meteor that generated a large fireball over Uppsala in November 2020.
Lumpy, 30-pound meteorite that crashed in Sweden recovered in local village

A half-melted hunk of iron-rich rock found in Uppsala, Sweden, is part of a meteorite that fell there in November 2020.

The lumpy meteorite is about the size of a loaf of bread and weighs around 31 pounds (14 kilograms), according to the Swedish Museum of Natural History. It was once part of a larger space rock, probably weighing more than 9 tons (8.1 metric tons), that created a dramatic fireball over Uppsala on Nov. 7.

After that impact, scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History calculated the likely landing site and found some small fragments of iron meteorite near the village of Ådalen, according to a museum statement. The fragments were only about 0.1 inches (3 millimeters) long, but the investigation also turned up a boulder and a tree root that had clearly been hit by something heavy. ...

Stockholm geologists Andreas Forsberg and Anders Zetterqvist headed back to the site and found a much larger piece — likely the one that smashed the boulder. ...
FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/iron-meteorite-recovered-sweden.html
 

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Swedish geologists have found a chunk of the meteor that generated a large fireball over Uppsala in November 2020.


FULL STORY: https://www.livescience.com/iron-meteorite-recovered-sweden.html
About 17 years ago i was cycling to work at about 5:45 am, i heard a roaring sound coming from above me and looked up to see, what i can only guess, was a meteor streaking above me, i watched it until it disappeared over the horizon, if it landed i have no idea where.
 
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