A family in Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh has claimed that the roof of their house has been damaged after what they believe is a meteorite fell from the sky.
Sunil Gupta, a resident of Inayat Ganj in Pilibhit claimed that the meteorite fell on Monday night, resulting in damages to the iron net and a wall near it.
Heavy, hot, rock-like object from sky
According to Gupta, there was a loud noise when the object fell on the roof and the damage was spotted during the examination the next morning.
To the shock of the family, they also found a large stone-like object lying on the roof, which they claim was still hot when they saw it.
According to local media reports, the unidentified object weighs around 14kgs.
While it is yet to be ascertained if the unidentified object is a meteorite, experts have pointed out that such incidents are not uncommon.
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What are meteorites?
Meteorites are space rocks that fall to Earth’s surface. They could be the debris from objects such as a comet, asteroid, or meteoroid, that originates in outer space and survives their passage through the atmosphere to reach the surface of the earth.
It can also vary in size from tiny fragments to massive pieces.
Largest ever meteorite
The largest of its kind found on Earth to date was discovered in Hoba, Namibia in 1920. The Hoba meteorite weighs roughly 54,000 kilograms and was so big, and heavy, it has never been moved from where it was found.
The rare extraterrestrial object is also highly valued, both by scientists who study them and the rich who keep them as a collector’s item.
Suspected meteorite death in India
In February 2016, there was a massive uproar in India after a man was killed in Tamil Nadu by an object falling from the sky.
Kamaraj, a bus driver was killed after an explosion caused by an object that fell from the sky into the campus of an engineering college in the city of Vellore.
The explosion left a crater on the ground, blew out the window panes of nearby buildings, and the windshields of parked buses, shattered a water tank, and sent debris flying. The victim was standing near the site of impact and was killed.
While initially it was reported that the explosion was caused by a falling meteorite, scientists from NASA said that the photographs posted online were more consistent with “a land-based explosion” than with something from space.
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