Sylacauga meteorite – The Hodges meteorite is being exhibited in Tuscaloosa

Sylacauga meteorite – The Hodges meteorite is being exhibited in Tuscaloosa

The meteorite fell on November 30, 1954, at 12:45 local time in Oak Grove near Sylacauga. It is commonly called the Hodges meteorite because a fragment of it struck Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges.

Ann Hodges with the meteorite, underneath the point where it crashed through her house, with Sylacauga, Alabama mayor Ed Howard and the town’s police chief W.D. Ashcraft. Hodges was struck by the meteorite while on her couch on Nov. 30, 1954. She donated it to the University of Alabama’s Museum of Natural History in 1956 / Image: University of Alabama

The Sylacauga meteorite is the first documented extraterrestrial object to have injured a human being. The fragment crashed through the roof of a farm house, bounced off a large wooden console radio, and hit Hodges while she napped on a couch. The 34-year-old woman was badly bruised on one side of her body, but was able to walk. The event received worldwide publicity.

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Now, it sits on the second floor of The Alabama Museum of Natural History on The University of Alabama campus. Under a glass case, the burnt exterior is covered in miniature hills and valleys. Next to it, there is a clear impact site on the radio, where wood is missing and the glass over the dial is cracked / Image: The Alabama Museum of Natural History

Featured Image: Random image, not meteorite Hodges / Image: unknown, via Pinterest

Websites: almnh.museums.ua.edu, ua.edu



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