Space is awesome, there's no denying that! But, sometimes it can be a little scary, too. For instance, when it showers rocks down on to us! Nobody really wants to have a close call with a meteorite, for the obvious reason that it could cause injury or even death. However, if you survive an encounter, then you've got an epic story to tell for years to come, and maybe even a cool souvenir! These are 9 times when meteorites got way too close for comfort! Check them out!
Ann Hodges is one of the most famous people to have been hit by a meteorite. It happened in 1954, when she was relaxing at home. A meteorite the size of a softball crashed through her roof, bounced off her radio, and struck her!
These tiny meteorites grazed the head of 7-year-old Steven Lippard, in Loxahatchee, Florida, 2013. He needed staples to close the wound but was otherwise unharmed!
Back in 1992, in Peekskill, New York, a meteorite hit Michelle Knapp's 'Chevy Malibu', going right through the trunk!
A meteorite came through the roof of a house in Park Forest, a Chicago suburb, in 2003. Luckily it didn't strike anyone, but the house certainly took a hit.
A meteorite left a 40-foot crater in Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, in 2014. Luckily, it hit an unpopulated area and nobody was harmed.
In 1971, a meteorite hit Wethersfield, Connecticut. It struck the home of Paul Cassarino, coming right through the roof and wedging itself in the plaster of his living room ceiling.
Strangely enough, the same small Connecticut town was struck 11 years later, in 1982. The Donahue family had a six pound meteorite crash through their ceiling while they were watching 'M*A*S*H'.
The village of Barwell, in the UK, had a surprise on Christmas Eve 1965, when a meteor broke up in the atmosphere and thousands of pieces of meteorite rained down on them!
Mbale in Nigeria had a similar thing happen in 1992. A larger, 238-pound meteor broke into roughly 400 fragments and showered the village. One boy was struck in the head by a piece, but thankfully it was slowed by a banana tree and did no serious damage!