Earliest proof of demise by meteorite found

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Scientists have found the earliest proof of an individual being killed by a meteorite.

Writing within the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science, specialists clarify how they uncovered proof of the incident, which occurred in Iraq within the late 19th century.

“To the perfect of our data, we present the primary proof of an occasion ever {that a} meteorite hit and killed a person and left paralyzed one other on August 22, 1888 in Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, based mostly on three manuscripts written in Ottoman Turkish that have been extracted from the Normal Directorate of State Archives of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey,” the researchers defined in an summary of their examine.


The incident was additionally reported to the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II by the governor of Sulaymaniyah, the authors mentioned. “These findings counsel different historic data should still exist that describe different occasions that precipitated demise and accidents by meteorites,” they added.

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A small chunk of an asteroid or comet is also referred to as a meteoroid. When it enters Earth’s ambiance, it turns into a meteor or fireball or taking pictures star. The items of rock that hit the bottom, precious to collectors, are meteorites.


In 2017 a meteor made headlines when it flashed throughout the sky in Michigan. The blazing fireball despatched meteorite hunters scrambling to discover fragments of the uncommon area rock.

The Related Press contributed to this text.

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