Fun Fact Friday: Hit By A Meteorite

Did you know that there is only one confirmed case of an American being hit by a meteorite? It’s true!

Back in 1954, 34-year-old Ann Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama was taking an early afternoon nap on her couch. Out of nowhere, a meteorite crashed through her roof, bounced off a console radio, and struck her in the side, leaving behind a sizable bruise.

The meteorite was later described as a “fireball visible from three states” and went on to achieve worldwide fame, later becoming known as the “Hodges meteorite”, or the “Sylacauga meteorite”.

Hodges later donated it to the Alabama Museum of Natural History, in 1956.

Want to learn more about meteorites? Check out Meteorites, on Discovery Education Streaming Plus!


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