A new study has revealed the first record of a man killed by a meteorite. The phenomenon took place more than a century ago, on the 22nd of August 1888. A failing meteorite hit the Sulaymaniyah in Iraq, killed one man, and another one was paralyzed. In addition to this, the scientists are confident that such unusual occurrences are waiting to be discovered.
Earth is not as safe as it is commonly believed. Our planet is always under the attack of millions of space rocks daily. The good news is that the meteors are not able to survive the Earth’s atmosphere, being set on fire.
NASA’s fireball database has shown that since 1988 more than 822 meteors exploded in the atmosphere, causing meteorite debris rain. Moreover, many scientists consider that an average of 17 meteorites hit our surface every day.
The event of the meteorite that killed the man is not rare
This information may lead us to believe that many people were killed by meteorite debris throughout the history. Fortunately, the meteorites are not as dangerous as it is commonly thought. For example, the massive explosion of Chelyabinsk meteorite that occurred seven years ago and released into the atmosphere almost 1.500 pounds of chunks has not made any casualties.
Therefore, according to international databases, death caused by meteorites is an infrequent phenomenon. The only victim of a meteorite strike is a woman who was napping on her couch when her roof was hit by a meteorite. The incident happened in 1954, and extensive research proved the extraterrestrial origin of the space rock.
The 1888 incident is supported by three manuscripts, but researchers are still evaluating the accuracy of the writings. A series of documents in the digital archive are the next on the list to be examined. The researchers are looking for a reply from the Sultan himself. The findings of this report on the man killed by a meteorite necessitated the collaboration of librarians, historians, and translators.