A rare direct hit from a Meteorite
Posted May 19, 2011on:
Meteorites hit Earth all the time, but they almost never score direct hits on human-built structures (or humans, for that matter). Most stories you’ll read on the Web about observed meteorite falls are either wrong or hoaxes. Once in a while, though, direct hits do happen, and it looks like this recent event in Poland was the real thing. I got this story from a blog called “The Latest World Meteor/Meteorite News” and details from a site that they linked to, a wiki on meteorite falls in Poland (in Polish but Google Translate does a surprisingly good job of translating it). Please note that the photos are copyrighted and not for redistribution.
It happened on April 30 in a rural village called Soltmany, just after 6:00 a.m. local time. A cobble-sized rock weighing about a kilogram came down nearly vertically and smashed right through a roof:
After crashing through the roof it smashed into a concrete path and broke into several pieces. The wiki speculates that had the roof crash not slowed its speed, the impact onto the concrete would have caused it to shatter. The meteorite has a nice conical shape and an obvious fusion crust, both resulting from its high-speed descent through Earth’s atmosphere; tests will be needed to make sure of its extraterrestrial origin but it’s got all the right qualities to be a real meteorite.