The Peekskill meteorite hit a car in 1992 with a speed of 14.16 km/s. Know what had happened.
You must have seen a ray of light pass in the night sky several times. These so-called ‘shooting stars’ have different names depending on how they reach Earth. NASA explains that meteorites are objects in space that range in size from dust grains to small asteroids. Think of them as “space rocks”. Occasionally, these space rocks enter Earth’s atmosphere to burn up and can be seen as fireballs or “shooting stars,” which are known as meteors. However, if a meteoroid survives the journey through the atmosphere and hits the ground on Earth, then it is called a meteor, NASA explained.
But do you know? There is a famous meteor called Peekskill that hit a car in 1992. On October 9, 1992, a bright fireball was seen over Peekskill, New York. In particular, and it was due to a meteorite, which had broken into pieces over Kentucky and also moved to other states. A report in The Hindu mentioned that the meteor slowed down considerably in the atmosphere before hitting the car.
The sound of the meteorite, which weighed 12 kg, crashing into the car was enormous. A report from the American Museum of Natural History has confirmed that “Seconds after the crash, the stone was found near the crumpled trunk of the car, still hot and smelling of sulfur.” He was said to be traveling at a speed of 164 miles per hour when he hit the front of the red Chevy Malibu car.
The Hindu report further revealed that the car’s owner sold it to Lang’s Fossils and Meteorites in Cranford, New Jersey. In fact, some portions of the PeekSkill meteorite are still preserved in different museums.