This woman from British Columbia has an incredible chance, in October 2021, in the middle of the night, while she was sleeping, Ruth Hamilton was awakened by a huge noise.

The sound was actually the debris from a meteorite that had passed through her roof, rubbed her head, and fell to the bottom of her bed.

The impact is terrible and if she had received it on her head, it is certain that she would have died. She received only a few light debris.

Ruth Hamilton has decided to loan the meteorite to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, so that they can study it.

The researchers want to determine its orbital journey around the Sun before it lands in Ruth Hamilton’s bedroom.



Ontario scientists are studying the meteorite that crashed into the home of a Golden, British Columbia woman. They believe it dates back to about 470 million years ago.

The charcoal-grey rock, about the size of a melon, fell on October 3 right next to Ruth Hamilton’s head as she slept.

The British Columbian decided to loan the meteorite to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University in London, Ontario, so they could study it.

The researchers want to determine its orbital journey around the Sun before it lands in Ruth Hamilton’s bedroom.


It was very exciting to get it, because every time you see a new meteorite, it’s kind of like Christmas,” says Phil McCausland, the associate professor leading the research.

He explains that this meteorite is a chondrite, one of the most common types found on Earth, but this one is very special.

 According to the scientist, what is rarer is where this meteorite comes from. This rock has a very interesting and unusual orbit, he says. That’s what some of the research is focused on.

To determine it, scientists are studying, among other things, the isotopic composition of the meteorite, because in space, cosmic rays interact with the stone and end up irradiating it, this activates isotopes that degrade over time […] And this gives us an idea of the orbital history of the stone.

According to Canadian law, the person who found the meteorite is the owner, in this case, Ruth Hamilton. This meteorite may have a very high financial value and be a priceless treasure.
 
 
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 This woman from British Columbia has an incredible chance, in October 2021, in the middle of the night, while she was sleeping, Ruth Hamilton was awakened by a huge noise.

The sound was actually the debris from a meteorite that had passed through her roof, rubbed her head, and fell to the bottom of her bed.

The impact is terrible and if she had received it on her head, it is certain that she would have died. She received only a few light debris.

Ruth Hamilton has decided to loan the meteorite to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, so that they can study it.

The researchers want to determine its orbital journey around the Sun before it lands in Ruth Hamilton's bedroom.



Ontario scientists are studying the meteorite that crashed into the home of a Golden, British Columbia woman. They believe it dates back to about 470 million years ago.

The charcoal-grey rock, about the size of a melon, fell on October 3 right next to Ruth Hamilton's head as she slept.

The British Columbian decided to loan the meteorite to the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Western University in London, Ontario, so they could study it.

The researchers want to determine its orbital journey around the Sun before it lands in Ruth Hamilton's bedroom.


It was very exciting to get it, because every time you see a new meteorite, it's kind of like Christmas," says Phil McCausland, the associate professor leading the research.

He explains that this meteorite is a chondrite, one of the most common types found on Earth, but this one is very special.

 According to the scientist, what is rarer is where this meteorite comes from. This rock has a very interesting and unusual orbit, he says. That's what some of the research is focused on.

To determine it, scientists are studying, among other things, the isotopic composition of the meteorite, because in space, cosmic rays interact with the stone and end up irradiating it, this activates isotopes that degrade over time [...] And this gives us an idea of the orbital history of the stone.

According to Canadian law, the person who found the meteorite is the owner, in this case, Ruth Hamilton. This meteorite may have a very high financial value and be a priceless treasure.  
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