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Boy Hit By Meteorite Travelling At 30,000mph
news ^ | June 12, 2009

Posted on 06/12/2009 3:56:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono

A teenager was hit by a meteorite travelling at 30,000mph - and lived to tell the tale.Gerrit Blank was on his way to school when he saw a massive fireball heading straight towards him from the sky.

The white-hot meteorite bounced off the schoolboy's hand and hit the ground so hard it left a foot-long crater in the tarmac - as well as a three-inch scar on his hand.

Gerrit, 14, said: "At first I just saw a large ball of light and then I suddenly felt a pain in my hand.

"Then, a split second after that, there was an enormous bang like a crash of thunder."

"The noise that came after the flash of light was so loud that my ears were ringing for hours afterwards.

"When it hit me it knocked me flying and then was still going fast enough to bury itself in the road."

Scientists are now studying the pea-sized meteorite, which crashed to Earth in Essen in Germany.

Chemical tests on the rock have now proved it is from outer space.

Ansgar Korte, director of Germany's Walter Hohmann Observatory, said: "It's a real meteorite, therefore it is very valuable to collectors and scientists."

Chances of being struck by a meteorite are around one in 100 million.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: catastrophism; meteorite
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1 posted on 06/12/2009 3:56:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

It wasn’t going 30,000mph when it hit him. His hand would have exploded if it had.


2 posted on 06/12/2009 3:59:21 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: JoeProBono

How cool is that?


3 posted on 06/12/2009 3:59:39 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JoeProBono

That does it, I’m not coming out from under this bed!


4 posted on 06/12/2009 4:00:34 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (THE SECOND AMENDMENT, A MATTER OF FACT, NOT A MATTER OF OPINION)
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To: JoeProBono

I hate when that happens.


5 posted on 06/12/2009 4:04:57 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: JoeProBono

God: “Good shot. What do you want from me? Good shot.”


6 posted on 06/12/2009 4:07:02 AM PDT by dead
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To: JoeProBono
I guess there is no more terminal velocity.

ML/NJ

7 posted on 06/12/2009 4:07:14 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: JoeProBono

“It’s a real meteorite, therefore it is very valuable to collectors and scientists.”

Doesn’t it belong to Garrett Blank?


8 posted on 06/12/2009 4:08:03 AM PDT by kalee (01/20/13 The end of an error.... Obama even worse than Carter.)
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To: JoeProBono

With odds like that if I would recommend that he buy a lottery ticket without delay while he is on a roll.


9 posted on 06/12/2009 4:08:20 AM PDT by mosaicwolf (Strength and Honor)
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To: cripplecreek

I dunno how they arrived at 30,000 mph, but it’s quite credible. A object falling from the Ort cloud to the surface of earth will be traveling about 44 km/sec (100,000 mph), most of the acceleration being provided by the sun’s gravity. The atmosphere will slow it down some...


10 posted on 06/12/2009 4:09:17 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: JoeProBono

Why was the kid going so fast?


11 posted on 06/12/2009 4:10:14 AM PDT by Jack Wilson
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To: JoeProBono

Butterfingers! He shoulda caught it. ;)


12 posted on 06/12/2009 4:10:26 AM PDT by Zack Attack
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To: Man50D

“I hate when that happens.”

I was riding my bike with some friends about 57’ when a rock fell right out of the sky and stuck in my hand. My hand was on the handlebar and we were sitting in the middle of a schoolyard when what looked to be some kind of glassy black pointy rock suddenly appeared in it. I still have the scar and to this day I can’t figure out what happened.


13 posted on 06/12/2009 4:10:56 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: ml/nj

May not have reached terminal velocity, even though it’s quite small. Should have started off at 100,000 mph at the top of the atmosphere. Would have been slowed somewhat depending on the angle of incidence, but 30,000 might not be impossible.


14 posted on 06/12/2009 4:12:13 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: dljordan

“There is only one other known case of a human being surviving a direct hit from a meteor.

A grapefruit-sized meteor crashed through the roof of a house in Alabama, in the USA, in 1954.

After smashing through the top of the building, it bounced off furniture and then hit a woman who was asleep at the time.”


15 posted on 06/12/2009 4:13:37 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: dljordan
I was riding my bike with some friends about 57’ when a rock fell right out of the sky and stuck in my hand.

"I can sooner believe that a couple of Yankee professors would lie, than that rocks fall from the sky." - attributed to Thomas Jefferson.

Was there a big kid anywhere near a pile of gravel around the school yard? Just wondering.

16 posted on 06/12/2009 4:15:44 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: JoeProBono

17 posted on 06/12/2009 4:19:19 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: JoeProBono
“There is only one other known case of a human being surviving a direct hit from a meteor.

After smashing through the top of the building, it bounced off furniture and then hit a woman who was asleep at the time.”


It's not a direct hit if it first struck furniture.
18 posted on 06/12/2009 4:21:23 AM PDT by Man50D (Fair Tax, you earn it, you keep it!)
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To: JoeProBono
The white-hot meteorite bounced off the schoolboy's hand...

IF the meteorite was traveling at 30,000 mph, it would not bounce off a human hand.

Therefore, either the description is incorrect or the boy is not human.

19 posted on 06/12/2009 4:21:43 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: cripplecreek

I thought that, too, but if it just grazed his hand and hit nearly parallel to the skin’s surface (like 0.00001 degress), MAYBE.


20 posted on 06/12/2009 4:24:23 AM PDT by piytar (Take back the language: Obama axing Chrystler dealers based on political donations is REAL fascism!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

21 posted on 06/12/2009 4:25:32 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Erik Latranyi

If it passed a fraction of an inch from his hand without hitting it, wouldn’t the same injury have happened to him?


22 posted on 06/12/2009 4:27:17 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (RATs...nothing more than Bald Haired Hippies!)
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To: JoeProBono

By way of comparrison, a .223 round has a muzzle velocity of about 2,500 mph (varies widely depending on lots of things).


23 posted on 06/12/2009 4:32:46 AM PDT by piytar (Take back the language: Obama axing Chrystler dealers based on political donations is REAL fascism!)
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To: JoeProBono

This one was about the size of a Volkswagen Beetle, but it shattered on impact, leaving a mile wide hole in Arizona.


24 posted on 06/12/2009 4:36:44 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

You probably nailed it. The shockwave would cut his hand. Direct contact, even a graze, would have cause a nasty burn, too...


25 posted on 06/12/2009 4:38:02 AM PDT by piytar (Take back the language: Obama axing Chrystler dealers based on political donations is REAL fascism!)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
If it passed a fraction of an inch from his hand without hitting it, wouldn’t the same injury have happened to him?

Yes, but then it should not have been described as having 'bounced off his hand'

26 posted on 06/12/2009 4:38:37 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: JoeProBono

I call unh-uh.


27 posted on 06/12/2009 4:39:36 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal Media DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE speech.)
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To: piytar

It may have torn through the surface of the skin, like a glancing blow, and not been significantly deflected. Whether it could have imparted enough of an impulse to knock him down given the type of injury is dubious, more likely his reaction to the injury and loud noise caused him to fall. I’m sure he’s confused about the sequence of events, it must have all seemed like an instant.


28 posted on 06/12/2009 4:44:08 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

“Was there a big kid anywhere near a pile of gravel around the school yard? Just wondering.”

I had thought about that but we were in the middle of the schoolyard with no one else around. We were in Tennessee and it’s all limestone rock around there not obsidian. Crazy.


29 posted on 06/12/2009 4:55:52 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: JoeProBono

“Chances of being struck by a meteorite are around one in 100 million.”

Wouldn’t those odds mean three people in the US would be hit? The only people on earth I know about are this kid and the Alabama lady 55 years ago.


30 posted on 06/12/2009 5:02:32 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: cripplecreek

Precisely what I was thinking.....but I clicked on the story anyway!


31 posted on 06/12/2009 5:12:56 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: cripplecreek

Probably, it grazed him, and did not “bounce off” him, and then create a divot of the stated size.

Unless the kid is super-human or....not really HUMAN AT ALL!!

This is HUGH and SERIES!!!

We’ve got an inter-galatic war going on here on earth!! No wonder Obama is spending the way he is.

No wonder....


32 posted on 06/12/2009 5:15:12 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: piytar

Dont shoot much do you?

That would be about 2500 feet per second.


33 posted on 06/12/2009 5:17:06 AM PDT by Concho ( No Birth Certificate-No Census!)
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To: Jack Wilson

“”Why was the kid going so fast?””

Einstein would say he had good relatives....


34 posted on 06/12/2009 5:17:49 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: ml/nj

“Obama” physics.


35 posted on 06/12/2009 5:17:50 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Nemo me impune lacessit (Two terms for politicians, one in office, one in jail.))
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To: JoeProBono

The remains of Alderaan?


36 posted on 06/12/2009 5:30:51 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (30-year smoker, E-Cigs helped me quit, and O wants me back smoking again?)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
I dunno how they arrived at 30,000 mph, but it’s quite credible. A object falling from the Ort cloud to the surface of earth will be traveling about 44 km/sec (100,000 mph), most of the acceleration being provided by the sun’s gravity. The atmosphere will slow it down some...

Credible? Objects traveling at 30,000 mph don't "bounce off" of anything, let alone a human hand. They also don't hit anything of substance and remain intact. Objects traveling at 30,000 mph explode when they hit solid object, like boys or the ground. At most, I would surmise that this meteorite was traveling at about 600 feet per second, or a little under 200 mph when it hit him. Otherwise it would have pierced the skin.

37 posted on 06/12/2009 5:41:34 AM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism enslaves you & kills your soul.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I see his skin was pierced, so I’ll up the estimate to something below 3000 feet per second or something below 1000 mph.

At 30,000 mph his hand would have exploded, and was was left of the meteorite would have been 20 feet under the ground.


38 posted on 06/12/2009 5:46:21 AM PDT by SampleMan (Socialism enslaves you & kills your soul.)
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To: JoeProBono
The white-hot meteorite bounced off the schoolboy's hand and hit the ground so hard it left a foot-long crater in the tarmac - as well as a three-inch scar on his hand.

Of course it did!!

Where are the BS police?? There's NEVER one around when you need them.

39 posted on 06/12/2009 5:54:19 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: JoeProBono
hances of being struck by a meteorite are around one in 100 million.

So you have better odds of being hit by a meteorite than you do of winning the PowerBall lottery. And I still waste a dollar on it every now and then...

40 posted on 06/12/2009 5:57:40 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: cripplecreek

[It wasn’t going 30,000mph when it hit him. His hand would have exploded if it had.]

You misread, actually the boy was going 30,000 mph.


41 posted on 06/12/2009 5:57:45 AM PDT by FastCoyote (I am intolerant of the intolerable.)
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To: FastCoyote

LOL yeah that makes a lot more sense.


42 posted on 06/12/2009 5:58:57 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The poor bastards have us surrounded.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

This one's bigger.

Pingualuit, near Kangirsukjuak, Quebec, Canada

43 posted on 06/12/2009 6:01:09 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: ArrogantBustard; Lonesome in Massachussets
Both very beautiful examples of an amazing natural phenomenon. Have you ever descended into the Meteor Crater (AZ)? You have to make special arrangements to do it but it's worth the trouble (and physical effort). They used to train Apollo astronauts at the bottom and there was (maybe still there?) a cutout model of an Apollo astronaut in EVA suit. It is utterly quiet, almost unreally so.

Is Pingualuit the former Chubb Crater? An early childhood memory is reading about it in the Childhood Britannica. The caption said the crater was full of water. Naturally, as a kid, I though that meant the meteor itself was filled with water, that just stayed in the crater when it hit. IIRC it is very deep, and that gives it the amazing blue color.

44 posted on 06/12/2009 6:11:09 AM PDT by chimera
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To: JoeProBono
It was also a Magical Meteorite with healing properties...”as well as a three-inch scar on his hand”
45 posted on 06/12/2009 6:14:23 AM PDT by Deaf Smith (God is great, beer is good and people are crazy.)
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To: chimera

I visited meteor crater, but got no further than the museum and viewing terrace. I like that it’s still privately owned. I didn’t see the astronaut, but did see the wreckage of the plane that crashed there as well as the remains of Beringer’s “iron mine” derrick.


46 posted on 06/12/2009 6:16:38 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (AGWT is very robust with respect to data. All observations confirm it at the 100% confidence level.)
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To: chimera
Is Pingualuit the former Chubb Crater?

Yes ... it's very deep, on the order of 1400 ft, though not all of that is filled with water.

Never been in Barringer Crater. Seems like a great, and unique hike.

47 posted on 06/12/2009 6:17:39 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: DustyMoment
"The white-hot meteorite..."

Meteorites are not "white-hot" by the time they reach the ground. Warm, maybe...
48 posted on 06/12/2009 6:21:44 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: Erik Latranyi
Yes, but then it should not have been described as having 'bounced off his hand'

Correct. NO WAY this was traveling at 30K MPH when it hit him. Even if it came close and the shock wave is what hurt him (as some have suggested)...a rock the size of a pea traveling at 30K will vaporize on impact. An object that size traveling at 30K MPH contains 900K joules of energy...which equates to about a 1/2 lb of exposives when it hits the ground.

49 posted on 06/12/2009 6:30:53 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: JoeProBono

I read it. I don’t believe a single word of it.

Bullcrap. Everyword.

Terminal velocity for something that size is about 100mph.
It would have burn up in the atmoshere.
There is not enough mass there to create a crater.
If and object had enough mass to do what the kid explained, the shockwave would have ripped his body apart.

I could go on......

These things hit Earth all day everyday. Most burn up. A few hit the ground. They hit the ground like an acorn out of a tree.


50 posted on 06/12/2009 6:32:47 AM PDT by envisio (Sexual Beer & BBQ Ribs)
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