posted on Apr, 25 2013 @ 05:01 PM
Originally posted by WielderOfTheSwordOfTruth
Something like this happened to my Grandfather a few years ago, though it didn't hit his house it landed in the front lawn. He went outside one day
and saw his manicured lawn all torn up, there was about a 2 meter long area of grass that was just all peeled back, which indicates the meteorite came
in the quite a low angle. Anyway he began digging around in the hole and found a baseball sized rock, which we all later agreed it must be a
I hate to disappoint you, but from your description, it's extremely unlikely that what your Grandfather dug up was a meteorite.
Meteorites simply do not impact the ground at extremely low angles unless they are extremely large. This is because of air-resistance which slows
smaller objects down at high altitudes (small objects very quickly loose their momentum), and once slowed down the object's trajectory becomes like a
as momentum is overcome by air-resistance and gravity.
If it was a meteorite, it would have had to retain much of it's cosmic speed to a very low altitude (less that 10-15km), and at these kinds of
altitudes it's improbable that it would not have been noticed by many others in your area - sonic-booms, rumbling, windows/houses shaking would be
unavoidable, and experienced by people for miles around!
It's much more likely that the rock your Grandfather dug up has a terrestrial origin - perhaps from blasting at a near-by quarry. But don't take my
word for it - send a small sample to a museum/university for testing.
At the very least check out the relevant parts of The American Meteor Society Fireball FAQs
you will see that what I'm saying is correct.