The largest stone meteorite shower recorded in recent history had nearly 70,000 rock fragments.
The meteor shower took place on January 30, 1868, over Poland with impacts occurring across the region near the town of Pultusk. Thousands of people from Pultusk and surrounding areas witnessed the meteor shower that appeared as a gigantic fireball in the early evening hours. The enormous fireball was followed by a series of falling debris impacts. No information was found regarding impact craters associated with the Pultusk meteorite but numerous fragments have been recovered.
Three main types of meteorites exist. These are Iron, Stone, and Stoney-Iron. The Pultusk meteorite was considered stone.
Meteor showers are visible each year in the night sky. Meteor showers are the result of Earth passing through comet debris fields. Typically what we see is ice that burns up as it enters Earth’s atmosphere.
Meteors rarely kill or injure people. Like falling, man-made space debris, there is little chance of being harmed due to the vast open space of our planet. The Sylacauga meteorite or Hodges meteorite is the first documented meteor to injure a person in the United States (1954).
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