Footage Possibly Shows Skydiver Narrowly Missed by Metorite (Video)

Skydiver Missed By Meteorite

When you go skydiving, you’re almost certainly aware of a wide variety of risks that you’re braving in order to experience the sensation of pure free-fall.  For instance, your parachute could fail to deploy or a bad wind gust could send you helicoptering out of control.

But one scenario that skydivers probably don’t consider when they suit up is the possibility of being clobbered by a meteorite from space—not until they watch this video starring skydiver Anders Helstrup, anyway.

It’s tough to see, and the reality of the little black blob being a meteorite from outer space will never be known for sure, but at least one geologist by the name of Hans Amundsen thinks it is.  Here’s what he had to say when interviewed by a Norwegian news organization:

“It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites – a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded.”

You can read the whole article about Anders Helstrup’s near miss with an outer space rock here. But more importantly than that, you can watch the video of the jump below.

The alleged meteorite shows its face around the 29-second mark:

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]



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