Two years ago, Anders Helstrup went skydiving near Hedmark, Norway and captured footage of a meteorite falling past him! After a project to look for the object, sadly, they never found it but this is a great story of a close call.
Helstrup has been searching with friends, family and volunteers after getting advice from experts from the Geological Museum in Oslo, Norwegian Space Centre and Norwegian meteor network, making painstaking efforts to pinpoint the location of where the meteorite fell.
Finding the rock would provide the definitive confirmation it really was a space rock that Helstrup captured on film. And in fact, it is Helstrup who might be most skeptical this was a meteor. There are experts who say there is no doubt.
“It can’t be anything else,” said geologist Hans Amundsen, quoted in the Norwegian publication NRK. “The shape is typical of meteorites – a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded.”
He didn’t notice the event until after reviewing the footage. There is hardly a better explanation of a rock falling through the sky. This has never been seen before. Neat stuff.
There have been at least 3 people reportedly hit by meteorites throughout history. The latest was 1954 in Alabama where a woman sitting in her house was injured by a space rock that crashed through her roof. There have been other claims that people were hit by small bits of space rock. But nothing the size documented in this Norwegian account.
UPDATE: There is considerable doubt about the authenticity of this claim.
There is a case to be made for this to be a hoax, a rock used by the skydiver.
UPDATE (10-Apr-2014) Or maybe it was a camera illusion caused by a hitchhiker. Skydiving meteorite: Was it an object from space, or just a rock?.