She Never Saw It Coming…

A British girl was struck in the foot by a meteorite.

Yeah, you read that correctly. She was hit by an object falling from space.

If you’re like me, you’re first thought is to assume that she should be dead (or at least footless). The article doesn’t even mention that the impact hurt.

So I did some quick research. The meteor would have reached terminal velocity well before impact. Terminal velocity for medium‐sized meteors is only around 45 miles per hour. This one was much, much smaller (looks to be only around 1–2 inches in diameter). That means its terminal velocity is below 45 mph.

So I guess it felt like getting hit in the foot by a baseball.