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Wake me up before you bolide

#1  Postby felltoearth » Jan 13, 2022 6:59 pm

A meteorite nearly killed this B.C. woman in her sleep. Scientists say it could be 470 million years old. - Macleans.ca
At 11:35 p.m. on Oct. 3, Ruth Hamilton was rattled awake by her dog’s urgent barking. The 66-year-old had been sound asleep in her home in the mountain town of Golden, B.C., about 260 km west of Calgary. Then: an exploding sound, as Hamilton’s bedroom ceiling broke open and drywall littered her floral bedsheets. There was a gaping football-sized hole in her roof.

With one hand shuffling bed pillows and a 911 operator on the phone in the other, she saw a strange object sitting inches from where her head had been only moments before. It was a charcoal-grey rock about the size of a grapefruit, cool to her touch and weighing a little over a kilogram.

The RCMP officer who responded to Hamilton’s call that night suspected it came from a blast at a highway construction site not far from her home in the Rockies. Only after the officer called the site did the alien origin of the rock become clear. Crews told him they hadn’t done any blasting, but had seen an explosion in the sky and heard a big bang. The Mountie returned minutes later and told Hamilton: “I think you have a meteorite in your bed.”



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#2  Postby romansh » Jan 13, 2022 10:35 pm

That was close! She's only a six hour drive from where I live.
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#3  Postby hackenslash » Jan 13, 2022 11:27 pm

She'll make a fortune.
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#4  Postby felltoearth » Jan 14, 2022 12:48 am

romansh wrote:That was close! She's only a six hour drive from where I live.

Closer for her XD


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#5  Postby felltoearth » Jan 14, 2022 12:50 am

hackenslash wrote:She'll make a fortune.

What’s a meteorite go for? Hopefully enough to pay for a new roof?


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#6  Postby hackenslash » Jan 14, 2022 1:22 am

And then some. Depending on its composition, it can go for silly money. There are people who hunt them for a living.
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#7  Postby Cito di Pense » Jan 14, 2022 4:26 am

So that's what geologists mean by bedrock.

All kidding aside, that's awfully young for a meteorite, unless it's from Mars. OK, it's not the actual age of the meteorite... just another article headline composed by the scientifically-illiterate.
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#8  Postby hackenslash » Jan 14, 2022 11:07 am

Remember when news outlets had real science journalists who knew what they were doing?
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#9  Postby felltoearth » Jan 14, 2022 5:03 pm

Could be a piece of the moon ejected by an impact there?
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#10  Postby hackenslash » Jan 14, 2022 5:05 pm

Seems to be ejecta from an event in the main asteroid belt 470 million years ago.
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