Ruth Hamilton was sleeping when suddenly a meteorite fell on her bed.
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — A Canadian Named Ruth Hamilton was surprised to hear a sound like an explosion on the night of October 3. Whoever was sleeping at the time immediately woke up to find that something had fallen on the roof of his house.
After getting up and getting out of bed, Ruth turned on the light in the bedroom. He then found a rock 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 after learning of the incident and police officers investigated.
Police called the local construction company to see if it triggered the explosion at the freeway site near Kicking Horse Canyon or in the area around Ruth’s home. No explosions are known to have occurred that night, but a bright light in the sky was seen causing several explosions.
Ruth then realized that the object on the pillow, a greyish stone the size of a fist, was probably a rock from outer space.
Every year, thousands of fast-moving space rocks survive their passage 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 could approach meteorite at the time of the collision, as experienced by Ruth.
One such incident was experienced by Ann Hodges of 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 arrived. But while Ruth was unscathed, Ann wasn’t so lucky.
The softball-sized meteorite weighing about 8.5 pounds (3.8 kg) hit her after bouncing off the radio console. This caused Ann a significant bruise.
Even though Ruth was unharmed by the meteorite impact, the experience still shook her. He said that when he fell asleep he thought nothing would happen.
“You are sound asleep, safe, do you think, in your bed, and you could be swept away by a meteorite,” Ruth said.
Ruth plans to send the meteorite to scientists at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University West 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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