Hamilton was awakened on Sunday night by the barking of her dog, after which she heard a huge blow. “There was a big explosion and I suddenly had rubble all over my face,” the woman told CBC News.
The confused Canadian quickly got out of bed and turned on the light, which revealed that something had flown through the ceiling.
“I didn’t know what to do, so I called 911 (emergency number). When they asked me questions, I moved one of the pillows and found a meteorite under it, ”Hamilton described, adding that a watermelon-sized cosmic body fell just inches from her head.
The meteorite flew across the ceiling and landed the Canadian directly in bed.
Police investigating the case initially believed that the object might have inadvertently flown from a nearby construction company, Kicking Horse Canyon Constructors. However, she soon confirmed to them that she was not performing any operations at the time.
“But they told us they saw a bright light in the sky that exploded and caused some blows,” Hamilton told Victoria News.
Ruth Hamilton poses with a meteorite that landed on her bed.
Experts from the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada, subsequently confirmed that it was really a meteorite. “It’s definitely a meteorite. Everything in the story is in line with the fall of the meteorite, “said Peter Brown, a professor from the local department of physics and astronomy.
Hamilton also said that her extraordinary experience had completely changed her perspective. “The only thing I’m thinking about now is that life is precious and can end at any time. Even if you think you are in bed and safe, ”she said.
What is the impact speed of the meteorite?
“Simply put, in such cases the impact velocity depends not only on the Earth’s attractiveness, but also on the resistance of the environment (air), ie on the frontal cross-section of the falling body, ie also its mass,” Pavel Spurný from the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic explained for Novinky. , who with his colleagues with the group of the above mentioned prof. Brown works closely together.
“For conventional stone meteorites with a density of 3 to 3.5 g per cm3, the impact velocity of a body of about 1 kilogram with a relatively reasonable shape, ie approaching the shape of a sphere, is about 70 meters per second, which is about 250 km / h. According to the information I have so far, this could correspond to this fall of a meteorite into bed in the city of Golden in Canada, “he added.
There was no fire
“Although the body heats up very strongly to the melting point of the material when passing through the atmosphere, however, only the surface layer of the body is heated and this phase of flight lasts relatively short, usually 5 to 10 seconds,” explains Spurný, why after a meteorite impact there was no fire in the house in Golden.
“On the contrary, when the body slows down due to ‘friction’ against the atmosphere and no longer melts and goes into the so-called dark path phase, which is usually at altitudes of around 15 to 25 kilometers, its speed drops very quickly to the speed of free fall. This flight takes significantly longer before the body hits the surface. It can be up to a few minutes. During this time, when the body flies through the cold layers of the atmosphere, its surface cools down, and therefore the incident meteorites are not heated in any way to cause a fire, ”he adds.