Ruth Hamilton was sleeping soundly at her home in British Columbia when she awoke to the sound of her dog barking, which was followed by an “explosion”. He jumped up and turned on the lights, only to see a hole in the ceiling. his clock said 11:35
At first Ms. Hamilton thought a tree had fallen at her home. But, no, all the trees were there. She called 911 and, on the phone with an operator, saw a large charcoal gray object between her two flower pillows.
“Oh, my God,” he said to the operator, “there’s a rock in my bed.”
A meteorite, he later learned.
A 2.8-pound rock the size of a large man’s fist barely missed Hamilton’s head, leaving “drywall debris all over my face”. His close encounter on the night of 3 October left him stunned, but it took over the internet And gave scientists an unusual opportunity to study a space rock that had crashed to Earth.
“It just feels surreal,” Ms Hamilton said in an interview on Wednesday. “Then I’ll go in and look across the room and yeah, there’s still a hole in my ceiling. Yes, it happened.”
Meteorites strike the Earth every hour of every day. When they are large enough, survive the journey through Earth’s atmosphere and make a landing, they become meteorites. People collect Them. ends in others museum. some are sold EBAY. In February, Christie’s held a record-shattering auction of rare meteorites, grossed over $4 million.
On the night the meteorite crashed Ms Hamilton’s slumber in Golden, a city of 3,700 people about 440 miles east of Vancouver, other Canadians heard two sharp booms and saw a fireball in the sky. According to researchers from the University of Calgary, some caught the incident on video.
After Ms Hamilton called 911, an officer visiting her home first suggested that the stray rock may have originated from an explosion from roadwork on a nearby highway, she said. But the workers did not do any blasting that night.
Then the officer made another guess: “I think you have a meteorite in your bed.”
Ms. Hamilton did not sleep soundly that night, she said, and sat in a chair, sipping tea as the meteorite sat on her bed. Ms Hamilton told local news outlets that she first kept the news to herself, but later reported the episode to researchers at the University of Western Ontario, where Peter Brown, a professor there, confirmed that the rock was a meteorite. from an asteroid”.
Ms Hamilton also told her family and friends. “My granddaughter can say that her grandmother was killed by a meteorite on her bed,” she said.
Even before this, meteorites have landed in people’s homes and yards. 1982, a six-pounder Crashed in a house in Wethersfield, Conn., tore down the ceilings of its second and first floors, locked in the living room and entered through a doorway and into the dining room, where it had come to rest. In 2020, an Indonesian coffin maker was shocked by The 4.4-pound meteorite that came through his roof.
The probability of a meteorite falling into one’s home and hitting the bed in any given year is approximately one in 100 billion, Professor Brown said.
Ms Hamilton’s rock was one of two meteorites to hit Golden that night. Researchers in Calgary, about 160 miles east, said they had traveled to the city to find another on a farm less than a mile from Ms. Hamilton’s home, after triangulating its location based on photographs and videos. , which were many people from around the area. was sent in
Alan Hildebrand, an associate professor at the University of Calgary who studies meteorites, said he and his fellow researchers were so happy to get their hands on the rock that, “I think we hugged.”
Meteorites provide scientists with a rare opportunity to learn more about the Solar System and the asteroid belt. Researchers can sample their material instead of looking from afar.
Scientists said they could also use meteorites to reconstruct their paths from outer space through the atmosphere to the ground, at which point the rocks would have lost about 90 percent of their mass. As they travel through the air, meteoroids can heat up to about 2,000 °C, or more than 3,600 °F, traveling at 50 times the speed of sound, although by the time they reach the ground, they may have touched the surface. can be calm.
After researchers finished studying the meteorite, Ms Hamilton said, she planned to keep it as it landed on her property. She suggested that she was lucky. When asked whether he had bought a lottery ticket the next day, he said, no; She had already won it: “I was the winner.”
“I never got hurt,” she said. “I went through this experience, and I never even got scratched. So all I had to do was take a shower and wash off the drywall dust.”