GOLDEN, B.C. — It’s one thing to be rocked to sleep, but a totally different experience being rocked awake.
Ruth Hamilton of Golden, British Columbia, knows about the latter.
She was awakened by her dog’s barking after a good-sized black rock crashed through her ceiling, landing inches away from her head.
It ended up being a meteorite.
She told CTV News Vancouver that she didn’t feel the chunk of space rock smash through her home, but she heard it.
“All of a sudden there was an explosion,” Hamilton told CTV News.
“I didn’t feel it,” she said. “It never touched me. I had debris on my face from the drywall, but not a single scratch.”
The meteorite was about the same size as a melon and was a charcoal-gray color, CBC News reported.
But the crash rocked her world a bit, putting things into perspective.
“I was shaking like a leaf,” Hamilton told CBC News. “You’re sound asleep, safe, you think, in your bed, and you can get taken out by a meteorite, apparently.”
She isn’t the only one who experienced the extraterrestrial event.
A group of construction workers told police they saw a “bright ball of light in the sky.”
“And the police officer came back in and said: ‘Well, I think you have meteorite in your bed,” Hamilton told CTV News.
A geophysicist was taken aback when he saw images of the rock.
“This email came in and I said holy (expletive)! It was kind of amazing,” Phil McCausland of the University of Western Ontario, told CTV News.
Teams of scientists are now going to talk with Hamilton about her experience and search for other pieces to figure out the meteor’s path while in Earth’s orbit so they know from where it originated.
They think it came from the solar system’s main asteroid belt, CBC News reported.
A second meteorite that weighed about half a kilo or just over a pound, was found northeast of Golden.
Right now, the team from the University of Western Ontario has her chunk of space rock to study, but she hopes to get “Golden,” as she’s dubbed the artifact, back by the end of November.
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