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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor 142

Posted by samzenpus
from the that's-a-close-one dept.
reifman (786887) writes "Anders Helstrup went skydiving nearly two years ago near Hedmark, Norway and while he didn't realize it at the time, when he reviewed the footage taken by two cameras fixed to his helmet during the dive, he saw a rock plummet past him. He took it to experts and they realized he had captured a meteorite falling during its dark flight — when it has been slowed by atmospheric braking, and has cooled and is no longer luminous."
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Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

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  • Two rocks! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by KreAture (105311) on Friday April 04, 2014 @06:29AM (#46659351)
    Notice in the video right before "the rock" flies past there is a spec in the distance too, lower left side of screen.
    This may be another fragment of the same meteorite as it broke up and would support the "larger rock breaking up" theory.
    It also fits with the fresh fracture-surface seen on the large object.

    Why did noone in the video mention this second piece?
  • by OzPeter (195038) on Friday April 04, 2014 @07:15AM (#46659511)

    There is a similar issue with Civil war artifacts in the US. Relics are worth $$ in the collectors market, but by law you are not allowed to use things like metal detectors on known battlefields. However a couple of years a local guy started doing exactly that. He found, dug up and sold stuff, but with no regards to keeping any records. When he finally got busted the historians didn't know whether to laugh or cry as they now had access to a huge collection of artifacts, but with zero provenance.

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