Ruth Hamilton was asleep when suddenly a meteorite fell on her bed.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – A woman in Canada named Ruth Hamilton was shocked to hear a sound like an explosion on the night of October 3. He who was asleep at that time immediately woke up and found something fell on the roof of his house.
After getting up and getting out of bed, Ruth turned on the light in the room. He then found a stone lying between the pillows on the mattress, right next to his head.
The stone was the size of a fist. It weighs about 2.8 pounds or 1.3 kilograms. Ruth called 911 when she found out about this incident and officers from the police investigated.
Police called the local construction company to see if that had set off the explosion at the highway site near Kicking Horse Canyon, or the area around Ruth’s house. No explosions are known to have occurred that night, but a bright light in the sky was seen that caused several explosions.
Ruth then realized that the object on the pillow, a fist-sized, grayish-colored rock was probably a rock from outer space.
Each year, thousands of fast-moving space rocks survive by traveling through Earth’s atmosphere to the planet’s surface as meteorites. However, most of these cosmic projectiles are unknown and undiscovered.
Very few people in recorded history were able to come close to a meteorite at the time of the impact, as Ruth did.
One such incident was experienced by Ann Hodges from Sylacauga, Alabama, United States (US). At that time, a meteorite that fell on November 30, 1954 hit his house.
Like Ruth, Ann was also sleeping in her house when the meteorite came. But while Ruth was unscathed, Ann wasn’t so lucky.
The meteorite the size of a softball and weighing about 8.5 pounds (3.8 kg) hit it after it bounced off the radio console. This caused Ann to have a sizeable bruise.
Even though Ruth wasn’t hurt by the meteorite impact, the experience still shook her up. He said that when he fell asleep, he thought nothing would happen.
“You’re fast asleep, safe, you think, in your bed, and you could be carried out by a meteorite,” Ruth said.
Ruth plans to send the meteorite to scientists in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at West University in London, Ontario, for analysis. However, he said he wanted to be able to keep the stone after the researchers finished their investigation.
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