07 April 2014

Skydiver captures remarkable video of a meteorite

This 8-minute video posted at Norway's NRK is quite a bit more detailed than the one-minute version being shown on most news channels. (audio in Norwegian, with subtitles)
Although Helstrup is still not completely convinced that it was indeed a meteorite that flew past him, the experts are in no doubt.

“It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites – a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded,” said geologist Hans Amundsen.  He explained that the meteorite had been part of a larger stone that had exploded perhaps 20 kilometres above Helstrup.

Amundsen thinks he can make out coloured patches in the stone, and believes that in that case it may be a breccia – a common type of meteorite rock.
Addendum:  A tip of the hat to reader Adrian Morgan for finding extended commentary on the incident at Bad Astronomy.


  1. It's moving SOOOOOOOOOOOO slow, and that can only mean it came out of the chute itself.

  2. See Phil Plait's latest post on this: http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/04/07/skydiving_meteorite_was_it_an_object_from_space_or_just_a_rock.html

    I would discount Anonymous's reasoning -- before listening to someone's opinion about the speed of an object in a video and what that speed implies for the nature of the object, I would want to know their qualifications -- but Phil's post agrees that a stone caught in the parachute is more likely than a meteorite.

    1. Thanks, Adrian. I've added the Slate link to the post.


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