Needle In A Haystack: Skydiver Almost Hit By Meteorite

April 3, 2014

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This is a video of a skydiver who, after deploying his chute, nearly gets hit by a meteorite. Allegedly it's the first time a meteorite has been filmed after its stopped glowing. Is that true? No clue. I'm still not convinced it's not a piece of the plane that broke off.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to The Royal Angel Queen, who sounds like she fell from the heavens herself.

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    It would have been cool if it had flown right into his arms, like a tossed football, and he caught it, then after landing hold it up and said, "Hey, look what I got!"

  • Looks like a "Dave"

    Maybe it was a rock used as a doorstop to keep the door of the plane open while jumpers were queuing up to jump.

    (I wasn't being serious)

  • Guest

    yep, thats a regular rock that got packed into his parachute when the probably stoned..parachute...packing....guy....err..when that guy who's job title I don't know dropped his and stuffed it back in the bag hoping nothing got tangled. A miracle happened the chute worked and only this funny video to show for it instead of splattery death

  • yarp

  • asdfadfs

    that would have been a cool way to die though

  • ShartInYourJacuzzi

    Pfft. "Almost," fucking *YAWN*

  • Someone really liked Gravity

  • Shh Private

    The odds of that being a meteoroid are astronomical. Astronomical... Astronomical... Hello?... Is this thing on? Hello?...

  • Taylor Eisman

    It looks too jagged to be real, the meteorite should have a more conical shape.

  • stuffsticks

    Fake

    Thank you 21st century cynicism...

  • disqus_k2QxOV9H7Z

    I wonder what happened to Daisy...

  • asdfadfs

    she got married to that fellow with a tandem bike and they rode off into the sunset.
    It was like that scene in Never Back Down where Max and Baja crashed a wedding and Baja caught the bouquet, but then Max couldn't afford a limo for the ceremony and Baja's train ended up getting tangled in the wheels of her longboard. (though it all worked out in the end. And the shadows were all right happily ever after)

  • Grob

    i don't buy it

  • Fredrik Pettersen

    Why is it so hard for you to comprehend what you are witnessing in this video clip? Is it really that far-fetched? Not everyone is trying to trick you with fake videos.

    Maybe a very strong person tossed that sucker up in the stratosphere. In the video the stone is on its return trip down towards planet earth. Did you ever stop to consider the possibility and reflect on that?

    Andrew Newton has put up some statements in this discussion. He has some pretty favorable information behind this "scary and elusive" meteorite epidemic we seem to be facing nowadays. Its best to take notes. That way we will stand a better chance of surviving this hell inferno.

  • Grob

    did you ever consider the fact that you're a huge faggot, you scandinavian prick? this guy had his chute deployed and wasn't anywhere near human terminal velocity, so the difference should have been way more than it simply whizzing by

  • Joe Ferschke

    That should be flying a hell of a lot faster...right? I mean, it IS a meteor...

  • Andrew Newton

    Terminal Velocity on a meteorite after it burns is 200 mph to 400 mph. For a human it's 117-125 mph. I'm terrible with math and I've never studied physics, so I couldn't make an educated guess if the rock falling in the screen makes up for the minimum of 75 mph difference.

  • Prometheus

    Well the problem with that is that he already deployed his parachute so he is going no where near terminal velocity anymore. So that rock should appear to be much faster.

  • Sean Lally

    Rock from his chute that just deployed...

  • Andrew Newton

    possibly, but isn't entirely improbable

    ""They also estimate between 36 and 166 meteorites larger than 10
    grams fall to Earth per million square kilometers per year. Over the
    whole surface area of Earth, that translates to 18,000 to 84,000 meteorites bigger than 10 grams per year."

  • Jetch Vargas

    thats what i was thinking. Maybe the plane got a stuck in it or maybe someone trying to murder him with a rock from the sky. It looks like a normal rock, why is there no debries burning from the rock?

  • Konstantin

    Because it's a small meteorite. These lose all of their energy in upper atmosphere, continuing down at terminal velocity long enough to cool down on the surface and look like just a rock.

    I can't say that this is really what it was, or that it is the most likely explanation, but I don't see anything that lets one exclude it. Rock accidentally packed with the 'chute does seem like a simpler explanation, though. And honestly, the only way to tell would be to recover the rock, which doesn't seem likely.

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