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Meteorite Crashes Through Roof in Thailand

It must have come from outer space.

That’s what a grandmother in Phitsanulok, Thailand, told local police (and probably her insurance agent) after what appeared to be a meteorite crashed through the roof of her house and hit a picture of a monk.

Hole in a roof in Thailand made by a meteorite

Hole in a roof in Thailand made by a meteorite

The incident occurred on June 28th in the capital city of the Phitsanulok Province in lower northern Thailand. At about 7.26am, 65-year-old Bualom Chalomprai and her 75-year-old husband, Kittisak, were having breakfast when they heard an explosion, followed by what sounded like gunfire as an object crashed through the ceiling, hit a monk’s picture on a wall and then struck the floor, where it broke into five pieces. The largest chunk was the size of an egg (5 cm/2 inches), weighed about 300 g (10.5 ounces) and was scorching, says Bualom.

I picked up the largest chunk and let go quickly as it was very hot. In fact twenty four hours later, it was still warm.

The five pieces of a meteorite that crashed through a roof in Thailand

The five pieces of a meteorite that crashed through a roof in Thailand

The Chalomprais suspected vandalism an reported the incident to the police. However, when a neighbor asked if they saw a flash in the sky at around 7:26 am and they heard reports of a loud boom in nearby districts, they decided to take it to Naresuan University, where Sarawut Tuantam, head of the department of physics, declared it a meteorite.

The rock’s crust was charcoal black, indicating it had been burned entering Earth’s atmosphere at very high speeds.

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The object contained a high concentration of iron but was not radioactive, so the professor gave it back to Bualom as a keepsake. The grandmother hopes it will bring her good luck.

Let’s hope it at least works better than her roof or the monk on the wall.

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