Oslo gets hit again

Seems like all the action is in Norway these last few years…

Meteorite crashes through roof in Oslo
from Verdens Gang

Fist size meteorite smashes through roof in Oslo suburb

Nice looking chunk – be worth a pretty penny, as one of the few meteorites with confirmed provenance of hitting a structure.

see also Fireball over Norway – at VG

Comments

  1. #1 Emory Kimbrough
    March 13, 2012

    You can see from the video that it is a stony meteorite – a nice chunky-style breccia. Uncommon, and that’s really going to jack the value up even more.

    I did a little poking around, and found that the International Meteorite Collectors Association (imca.cc) keeps a list of meteorites that strike humans, animals, and man-made structures. They show about 110 man-made objects, 14 humans, and 6 animals struck, but since the list goes all the way back to 861 AD, you can’t trust all of those reports to be true.

    It looks like about 57 man-made structures have been astro-dinged in roughly the last 50 years.

    (Writing to you from here in Tuscaloosa, where the meteorite that struck and badly bruised a woman back in the 1954 is on display.)

  2. #2 crd2
    March 16, 2012

    I find it hard to accept that an object that entered earths atmosphere traveling at such a high rate of speed strikes a human and only leaves a bruise. Not saying I don’t believe you, just that my brain wants to believe you’d look like you got shot by a .50 caliber sniper rifle. I’m guessing it hit something else first, like the roof of her house?

  3. #3 crd2
    March 16, 2012

    I find it hard to accept that an object that entered earths atmosphere traveling at such a high rate of speed strikes a human and only leaves a bruise. Not saying I don’t believe you, just that my brain wants to believe you’d look like you got shot by a .50 caliber sniper rifle. I’m guessing it hit something else first, like the roof of her house?

  4. #4 Emory Kimbrough
    March 17, 2012

    @crd2:

    The meteorite weighed 5.56 kg, and is about the size of a large cantaloupe. It punched a hole through the roof of a house in Oak Grove, Alabama, bounced off of a console radio, and struck Ms. Ann Hodges. Do a Google Image search for “Ann Hodges Bruise” and you’ll see it’s quite a bruise.

    Note, though, that a meteorite of this size will lose essentially all of the speed it carried when entering the atmosphere, and will only be falling at whatever the terminal velocity is for an object of that size and density. That is, maybe somewhere between one and two hundred miles per hour roughly, not thousands or tens of thousands of miles per hour.

  5. #5 Muonionalusta
    May 21, 2012

    I like this kind of news – if you are luky it´s like winning a lottery, but if you are not… well, at least it will make you famous after your death…

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