Meteor Streaks Over Our Place

Ursus Minor

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1954 Alabama Woman Hit By A Meteorite

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On November 30, 1954, Ann Hodges experienced a rude awakening. As the 34-year-old lay napping cozily under quilts on the sofa in her Alabama home, she awoke with a jolt as she became the only human being known to have suffered an injury after being struck by a meteorite.

The approximately 8.5-pound interplanetary traveler shot like a bullet through her Sylacauga house’s roof at 2:46 p.m. It banged into her large radio console and bounced onto her body, causing a large bruise on her left side.

Apparently, a larger meteorite split in two as it fell toward the ground. One piece hit Hodges and the other landed a few miles away.

Moving at approximately 200 kilometers per hour, the meteor lit up the sky in parts of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.

from National Geographic
 
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Joe

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Nice! How long did it last? Was it similar to the common (these days) pretty large fireballs that last for several seconds? It's hard to tell from your image if the ball of light is just a lens effect or if it looked like that to the eye.
 

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Nice! How long did it last? Was it similar to the common (these days) pretty large fireballs that last for several seconds? It's hard to tell from your image if the ball of light is just a lens effect or if it looked like that to the eye.

I would say it lasted about 3 seconds, and yes it looked like that to the eye.
Our place seems to be a bowling alley for shooting stars, meteorites and comet fragments. A few years ago a comet fragment with an electric blue and green tail streaked just over our heads! I posted about it on this forum, and documented it on the meteorite sightings website.

Meteorites in Oman

 

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Meteorite smuggling is illegal in Oman, but only if you get caught!


We used to collect dozens of metorites and geodes in the desert of Dhofar.
They were used as decorations in the garden. It has always been 'illegal' but no one ever enforced it. We just didn't take them out of the country.

 
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