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A skydiver in Norway captured incredible video of an extinguished meteorite shooting past him soon after he deployed his parachute, something that has never been seen before, let alone been recorded.

?This is the first time in history that a meteorite has been filmed in the air after its light goes out,? geologist Hans Amundsen told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Norway?s largest media organization also know as NRK.

Skydiver Anders Helstrup was lucky. The rock very nearly hit him, it passed so close.

 

?If you?d jumped a fraction of a second later, you?d be dead,? Amundsen told Helstrup in NRK?s report above. ?It would have cut him in half. Imagine a 5-kilo [11-pound] rock hitting you in the chest at 300 kilometers [186 miles] per hour. That would have led to quite an accident investigation.?

 

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link6155    595

Maybe someone from the plane tried to throw a rock at him :P

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Obi-Wan Kenobi    1,083

Wow! Talk about lucky! Glad it didn't hit him!  :|

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Shaun N.    569

If it was really a meteorite it would have been going alot faster and one of that size would have burnt up in the atmosphere before it even gets as low as that. the image of it just looks like gravel which could have fell from the inside of the plane from when they jumped out.

 

Or they wanted to create some interest and someone threw a few stones out as to generate some media.

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McKay    3,695

Imagine if it had hit him, I doubt anyone would have thought "meteor" and we'd have a huge conspiracy on our hands.


If it was really a meteorite it would have been going alot faster and one of that size would have burnt up in the atmosphere before it even gets as low as that. the image of it just looks like gravel which could have fell from the inside of the plane from when they jumped out.

 

Or they wanted to create some interest and someone threw a few stones out as to generate some media.

 

It says in the article they think it's part of a larger meteor that exploded in the atmosphere and was low enough to stop glowing.

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HawkMan    5,119

If it was really a meteorite it would have been going alot faster and one of that size would have burnt up in the atmosphere before it even gets as low as that. the image of it just looks like gravel which could have fell from the inside of the plane from when they jumped out.

 

Or they wanted to create some interest and someone threw a few stones out as to generate some media.

 

The rock wouldn't be going any faster than it's terminal velocity without other forces working on it. so no it woudn't really, remember the skydiver is also still falling fast at this point. 

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Rigby    1,343

"A skydiver in Norway captured incredible video of an extinguished meteorite shooting past him soon after he deployed his parachute"

 

What a showoff.

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jimmy_jazz    45

I bet this is debris that fell off the plane he just jumped out of

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+Dork Vador    557

someone on mars is throwing rocks at us again....

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HawkMan    5,119

I bet this is debris that fell off the plane he just jumped out of

He's in a wing suit. Most likely they've been doing a lot of free fall since jumping and the plane is nowhere near them.

Also not sure what debris would drop from a plane, that size and shape.

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King Joffrey    36

To slow i doubt its meteorite :iiam:

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HawkMan    5,119

To slow i doubt its meteorite :iiam:

And again, once meteorites pass through the atmosphere they fall at terminal velocity, and the skydiver is also falling, adding in relativity into the equation.

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zhangm    1,191

To slow i doubt its meteorite :iiam:

 

This is in the lower and denser atmosphere. The rock has had plenty of time to decelerate to its terminal velocity. For perspective, a typical bowling ball has a terminal velocity of less than 200 MPH.

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DaveGreen93    83

To me, it looked like a little stone swept up when repacking the parachute?

 

Deploy parachute, stone falls out of canopy.

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HawkMan    5,119

To me, it looked like a little stone swept up when repacking the parachute?

 

Deploy parachute, stone falls out of canopy.

You'd have to be blind and dumb to pack a stone the size of two fists and know know it, it would also have been a lot slower than this then.

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DaveGreen93    83

You'd have to be blind and dumb to pack a stone the size of two fists and know know it, it would also have been a lot slower than this then.

 

Yeah, just watched it a second time but full screen and watched the slower parts too.

 

I therefore retract my statement haha.

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Krome    203

yeah it's not meteorite...

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ShadowMajestic    91

A meteorite that size would've burned when it entered our atmosphere. And if it blew up then where's the explosion and/or other debris.

 

Whatever it is, if it was a meteorite and falling like that. I doubt the rest would've burned up, go find the rock(s)! :) They roughly know where it is, I'd be interested in a meteor slowing down to terminal velocity before it's even near the ground.

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HawkMan    5,119

A meteorite that size would've burned when it entered our atmosphere. And if it blew up then where's the explosion and/or other debris.

Whatever it is, if it was a meteorite and falling like that. I doubt the rest would've burned up, go find the rock(s)! :) They roughly know where it is, I'd be interested in a meteor slowing down to terminal velocity before it's even near the ground.

It wasn't that size when it entered now was it, it's a fragment of a bigger meteorite. And they generally slow to terminal in the upper atmosphere...

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zhangm    1,191

A meteorite that size would've burned when it entered our atmosphere. And if it blew up then where's the explosion and/or other debris.

 

Whatever it is, if it was a meteorite and falling like that. I doubt the rest would've burned up, go find the rock(s)! :) They roughly know where it is, I'd be interested in a meteor slowing down to terminal velocity before it's even near the ground.

 

Meteor fragmentation isn't always spectacular and explosive. Sometimes it just falls apart.

 

American Meteor Society.

Due to atmospheric drag, most meteorites, ranging from a few kilograms up to about 8 tons (7,000 kg), will lose all of their cosmic velocity while still several miles up. At that point, called the retardation point, the meteorite begins to accelerate again, under the influence of the Earth?s gravity, at the familiar 9.8 meters per second squared. The meteorite then quickly reaches its terminal velocity of 200 to 400 miles per hour (90 to 180 meters per second). The terminal velocity occurs at the point where the acceleration due to gravity is exactly offset by the deceleration due to atmospheric drag.

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ShadowMajestic    91

Meteor fragmentation isn't always spectacular and explosive. Sometimes it just falls apart.

 

American Meteor Society.

Then where is the rest, read Explosion and/or debris.

 

Considering his height and the direction of the meteorite, I smell attention whoring.

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zhangm    1,191

Then where is the rest, read Explosion and/or debris.

 

Elsewhere, not observed. If the fragmentation occurred at a high altitude, even small divergences in velocity and trajectory of the pieces would mean that they'd be miles apart at low altitude.

 

Here are some photos of meteorites. Are they too small to have made it through the atmosphere intact?

http://meteorites.pdx.edu/meteoriteid.htm

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gohpep    434

Pics or it didn't happen

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pallipdrsn0    45
mastercoms, on 04 Apr 2014 - 19:31, said:mastercoms, on 04 Apr 2014 - 19:31, said:

Pics or it didn't happen

 

Would a video, even slowed down, be enough?  ;)

 

But seems like it's a pretty common occurrence, " smaller strikes happen five to 10 times a year": http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/how-common-are-meteorite-strikes-1.1317681

 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/11/27/florida-boy-7-struck-by-meteorite-while-playing-in-driveway-father-claims/

 

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/17/it-came-from-the-sky-the-meteorite-that-mangled-the-malibu-vertical-dek-when-marie-kanpp-s-teenage-daughter-told-her-i-think-a-meteorite-hit-my-car-she-was-telling-the-truth-michael-daly-reports.html

 

http://meteorites.pdx.edu/meteoriteid.htm

 

I would think if the video was fake then NASA would have chimed in by now

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ShadowMajestic    91

Elsewhere, not observed. If the fragmentation occurred at a high altitude, even small divergences in velocity and trajectory of the pieces would mean that they'd be miles apart at low altitude.

 

Here are some photos of meteorites. Are they too small to have made it through the atmosphere intact?

http://meteorites.pdx.edu/meteoriteid.htm

Not claiming its impossible for rocks to come tumbling down at terminal velocity. But it is far from the norm.

And your examples, pretty much all of them seem scorched and are most likely a lot smaller then before entering the atmosphere.

 

The rock in the video seems like a moon rock. Or an asteroid in space. Hardly like a chuck of an exploded meteorite. But like one that gently rolled into our atmosphere. without suffering an explosion or any burning upon entry.

 

But I'm not an expert.

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