Ruth Hamilton was fast asleep at her home in British Columbia when she was awakened by the sound of her dog barking, followed by an “explosion.” She jumped up and turned on the light, only to see a hole in the ceiling. She said her watch is 11:35 pm
At first, Mrs. Hamilton thought a tree had fallen on her house. But no, all the trees were there. She called 911, and while on the phone with a worker, she noticed a large, charcoal-gray object between her floral pillow.
“Oh, my God,” she remembered telling the employee, “there is a rock in my bed.”
I later learned it was a meteorite.
The 2.8-pound rock, she said, about the size of a big man’s fist, could barely miss Mrs. Hamilton’s head, leaving “drywall debris all over my face.” Her close encounter on the night of October 3 left her rocking, but it was captivated the internet It gave scientists an extraordinary opportunity to study a space rock that crashed to Earth.
“It sounds surreal,” Hamilton said in an interview on Wednesday. “Then I will go in and look in the room, yes, there is still a hole in my ceiling. Yes, it happened.”
Meteors are thrown towards the earth every hour of every day. When it is big enough, survive the journey through the Earth’s atmosphere and hold onto the landing, become meteors. the people Collecting With them. It ends with others Museums. Some are sold on ebay. In February, Christie’s held an auction that broke the record for rare meteorites, Raised more than 4 million dollars.
At night, a meteor shattered Hamilton’s sleep in Golden, a town of 3,700 people about 440 miles east of Vancouver, other Canadians heard two loud explosions and watched a fireball fly through the sky. Some captured the phenomenon on video, according to University of Calgary researchers.
After Ms. Hamilton called 911, an officer entering her home initially indicated that stray rocks may have originated from an explosion from roadworks on a nearby highway, she said. But the workers did not do any bombing that night.
Then the officer took another guess: “I think you have a meteorite in your bed.”
Mrs. Hamilton did not sleep the rest of that night, said she, and sat in a chair, sipping tea while the meteor perched on her bed. Ms. Hamilton told local news outlets that she initially kept the news to herself, but later reported the incident to researchers at the University of Western Ontario, where Peter Brown, a professor there, confirmed that the rock was a meteorite “from an asteroid.”
Mrs. Hamilton also told her family and friends. “My granddaughters can say that their grandmother was almost killed in her bed by a meteorite,” she said.
Meteors have landed in people’s homes and yards before. In 1982, six pestles She crashed into a house in Weathersfield, Connecticut., tore down the ceilings of the second and first floors, shot into the living room and bounced through the hallway into the dining room, where it settled. In 2020, an Indonesian coffin maker stunned A 4.4-pound meteorite came across its surface.
The odds of a meteor rushing into someone’s house and hitting a bed in what year is it about one in 100 billion, Professor Brown said.
Mrs. Hamilton’s rock was one of two meteors that struck Golden that night. The researchers 160 miles east, in Calgary, said they traveled to town to find the second in a field less than a mile from Mrs. Hamilton’s home, after locating it based on photos and videos taken by several people around the area. they sent.
Alan Hildebrand, an assistant 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 a rare opportunity for scientists to learn more about the solar system and the asteroid belt. Researchers can sample their material instead of staring at it from afar.
Scientists said they could also use meteorites to reconstruct their paths from outer space through the atmosphere to Earth, at which point the rocks may have lost about 90% of their mass. During flight through the air, meteors can reach temperatures of about 2,000 degrees Celsius, or more than 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit, while traveling at 50 times the speed of sound, although they can be cold to the touch when they reach Earth.
After the researchers finished studying the meteorite, Hamilton said, she planned to keep it since it landed on her land. I suggested she was lucky. When asked if she bought a lottery ticket the next day, she answered, no. She actually won: “I was the winner.”
“I’ve never been hurt,” she added. “I got through this experience, and I didn’t even get a scratch. So all I had to do was shower and dust the drywall.”