What Would You Hear If A Meteor Flew By?

While sound travels pretty darn fast, it's still slower than the speed of light. When you watch a colorful fireworks display, you expect for there to be a delay before you hear the explosions. The same should be true for hearing meteors, but it's not. Discover why you can see and hear meteors at the same time in the video below, then learn some cool facts about meteorites.

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Why You Can See And Hear Meteors

Hint: People with frizzy hair reportedly hear more sounds during a meteor fall.

Ann Hodges Was Hit By A Meteorite And Survived

It was a clear day in Sylacauga, Alabama, when a softball-sized meteorite fragment crashed through the roof of her house and struck Hodges during a nap.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The meteorite that struck Ann Hodges is called the Hodges meteorite, and it weighs 3.9 kg (8.5 lbs). 00:11

  2. In 1954, the Hodges meteorite crashed through Ann Hodges's roof, broke her radio, and struck her on the leg. 00:21

  3. After Ann Hodges was hit by a meteorite, there was a dispute over whether it belonged to her or the people who owned the house she lived in. 00:33

Written by Curiosity Staff February 22, 2017

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