[meteorite-list] Meteorite Hits 14 Year Old Girl? Boy?

From: Michael Fowler <mqfowler_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2009 14:00:41 -0500
Message-ID: <3E3A9B23-BAB2-4372-86D6-3C0476805DAA_at_mac.com>

Not sure if deserves a comment, but if you look at the pea sized
object in the photo, and try to imagine how fast it would fall before
reaching terminal velocity (perhaps about 25 or 30 mph) you would
quickly realize that it could not make a crater, let alone be blazing
firery trail.

Mike Fowler

> Hi all,
> This just in...
> Two German news sites report a 14 year old was hit by a meteorite.
> ------------------------------------------
> "...A pebble-sized meteorite crashed and burned into Earth, grazing
> 14-year-old Gerritt Blank while on his way to catch the school bus..."
> Meteor hits boy on way to school
> Published: 11 Jun 09 11:46 CET
> ?At first, I only saw a big, white ball of light. Then, my hand hurt,
> and then it slammed into the street,? he told daily /Westdeutsche
> Allgemeine Zeitung/. ?After I saw the white light, I felt something on
> my hand.?
> The result was a 10-centimetre burn on the back of his left hand, but
> Blank knew something special had happened to him.
> ?I thought the meteor struck me, but it could also be a result from
> the
> heat as it went by me,? he said.
> After the intial shock, Blank looked at the glowing rock the left a
> sizable crater in Brakeler Wald Street. He then took the iced tea from
> his school lunch and doused his glowing pebble and took it to school
> with him.
> ?At school, I told the story. My classmates believed me,? he said. His
> parents didn?t get to hear the story until the end of the school day.
> Once home, Blank, who plans to focus his studies in science, tested
> the
> round, black object and already found some confirmation the pebble is
> from outer space: like many meteorites, the rock is magnetic.
> Approximately 3,000 meteorites hit the Earth?s surface daily.
> SOURCE: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20090611-19857.html
> -------------------------------------------
> Another site reports:
> SPACE ATTACK Girl hit by stone from sky
> SPACE ATTACK. The girl shows the spot where the stone fell.
> A girl from Essen, Germany has been hit by a stone falling from the
> sky.
> The 14-year old said: ?I was on my way to school. I saw a white cone
> of
> light. Then my hand started hurting.? The stone made a 10cm cut in her
> hand and then fell to the ground. ?I poured ice tea over it and took
> it
> with me,? she said. But where did the stone come from? Could it be a
> meteorite? Experts will have to explain.
> http://www.bild.de/BILD/news/bild-english/home/regularieninhalte/world-news-ticker/world/2009/06/11/stone-falling-from-space-hits-girl.html
> --------------------------------------------
> So is it a boy or a girl? And what is the stone that hit them?
> Anyone else have any info?
> --
> Regards,
> Eric Wichman
> Meteorites USA
> http://www.meteoritesusa.com
> 904-236-5394
> ? Previous message: [meteorite-list] Future Planetary Collision?
> ? Next message: [meteorite-list] Meteorite Hits 14 Year Old Girl?
> Boy?
> ? Messages sorted by: [ date ] [ thread ] [ subject ] [ author ]
> More information about the Meteorite-list mailing list
Received on Thu 11 Jun 2009 03:00:41 PM PDT

Help support this free mailing list:

Yahoo MyWeb