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Technically, the victim was struck by a meteoroid, not a meteorite. A meteoroid creates a meteor when it enters the earth's atmosphere and not a meteorite until it actually hits the earth's surface.
Most of us probably have seen meteors or shooting stars. A meteor is the flash of light that we see in the night sky when a small chunk of interplanetary debris burns up as it passes through our atmosphere. "Meteor" refers to the flash of light caused by the debris, not the debris itself.
I must say, Chennai has had an awfully crappy year. I guess the poor fellow survived the floods just to get squished by an errant space rock.
God rest his soul. Rotten luck.
originally posted by: DexterRiley
a reply to: Shadoefax
It took a minute to parse what you were saying.
Yes, if the meteor is defined as the flash of light, and not the debris, and an individual has ever been in an environment where the photons from a meteor flash can reach their body, then that individual has been "hit" by a meteorite. Over a typical human lifetime, it is highly probable that everyone has been in such a state at least once. Therefore it is highly probable that everyone has been hit by a meteor.
An interesting point. Even the professionals don't always use the scientifically approved language when discussing the topic.
So two strikes there on living creatures, and yet even he calls them Meteorites.
The impact of the object left a 1.5-metre crater in the ground, according to local media, and shattered window panes in a nearby building, killing the man who was walking past and injuring three others.
The object weighed only 11 grams.