In the quaint northeastern French town of Schirmeck, an unexpected incident occurred during a seemingly normal coffee get-together. A woman was struck by what later turned out to be a small meteorite while enjoying coffee with a friend on a terrace. Initially, the woman was taken aback as the small celestial body made a resounding noise and collided with her ribs, causing her to wonder if it was an animal that had hit her.
Driven by her curiosity about the unfamiliar object that had hit her, she sought assistance from a roofer. Upon inspection, the roofer conjectured that the object might be a meteorite due to its unusual texture, unlike cement. To confirm her suspicion, she contacted a geologist named Thierry Rebmann for his expert opinion. After a detailed examination of the object, Thierry found that it was composed of iron and silicon, leading him to conclude that it was indeed a meteorite. The fragments they discovered weighed approximately 4 ounces in total.
It’s uncommon for individuals to be struck by meteorites, even though nearly 50 tons of meteoritic material plummet toward Earth daily. The majority of this space debris ends up in our planet’s oceans. Meteorites, which are essentially extraterrestrial rocks that manage to endure the harsh journey through Earth’s atmosphere and ultimately reach the ground, can be difficult to identify on land as they tend to resemble ordinary rocks. However, spotting them is easier in more barren and desolate landscapes such as deserts.