A woman in British Columbia, Canada, is thanking her lucky stars.
Earlier this month, a meteorite hurtling toward Earth crashed into Ruth
Moments before the impact, she was awoken by her dog barking. The next
thing she knew, there was a loud crash.
"And all of a sudden there was an explosion," Hamilton told CTV News
Vancouver. Hamilton then jumped out of bed, turned on the lights and went
to inspect the commotion.
That's when she noticed a fist-sized hole in her ceiling, right above
where she had been fast asleep.
After calling 911, she looked around her bed, flipping over her pillow.
Then she saw it; a smooth, angular chunk of black rock.
"I didn’t feel it," Hamilton said. "It never touched me. I had debris on
my face from the drywall, but not a single scratch."
Police arrived on the scene, questioning Hamilton and a nearby
construction crew, the latter of which told authorities they had seen a
"bright ball in the sky," before the impact.
A group of researchers from the University of Calgary and Western
University inspected Hamilton's home to look for more details about the
Later in the week, they opened their investigation to the rest of Golden,
the town in British Columbia where Hamilton lives. The team eventually
found a second rock weighing a little more than a pound in the northeast
part of town.
"We’re trying to reconstruct what the path was through the sky as it
arrived," Phil McCausland, a geophysicist at Western University, said.
"Because it’s scientifically even more valuable if we can reconstruct what
the orbit was before it hit the Earth. It gives us an idea of where it
The research team is pleading with people in the area to come forward with
any other pieces of evidence of a meteorite impact.
Hamilton loaned the meteorite that almost killed her to Western University
to photograph, weigh, measure, and to potentially take a sample of it. She
expects to get it back by Nov. 30.
Officials say that hundreds of meteorites strike the Earth's surface every
year. However, it's rare for the space rocks to land in areas that are
"The number one misconception is that they’re hot when they land," Herd
said, adding that they begin cooling some 10 to 15 miles up in the
atmosphere. "Mrs. Hamilton’s bed didn’t catch fire."
Experts say that the chances of a meteorite landing in your home are
astronomical. Specifically, about 1 in 4 trillion.
When asked if she plans to buy a lottery ticket, she laughed, then
"I won the lottery. I won it, I’m alive. I’m laughing about it. I feel
CTV News Vancouver contributed to this report.
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