Meteorite Barely Misses Woman's Face After Crashing Into Her Bed

Although the night sky can hold a lot of dazzling sights for those with the patience to look for them, few command attention quite like a meteor.

And while meteor showers are famously breathtaking, it's also true that even one can illuminate the sky in a giant fireball if it gets close enough.

But as exciting as that is to see, it's not always so thrilling for whoever happens to be near the remaining meteorite when it touches down.

Sure, sometimes we can all get lucky and it just lands in an open field or someone's driveway. But it's also entirely possible for one to crash through a person's house and leave them with a lot of damage.

However, despite the fact that this is what happened in one woman's case, it's still hard not to count her as lucky once we know her story.

By the time the clock struck 11:30 pm on October 3, Ruth Hamilton of Golden, British Columbia had already been sleeping for hours.

But as the CBC reported, she was suddenly awakened by the sound of her dog barking.

And it was only a moment later that she learned what it was carrying on about.

As she told the Canadian network, "The next thing was just a huge explosion and debris all over my face."

This obviously gave Hamilton quite the start and she jumped out of bed and turned on the lights before calling 911.

But it wasn't until the dispatcher had started asking her a flurry of questions that she discovered what had happened to her.

In her words, "I rolled back one of the two pillows I'd been sleeping on and in between them was the meteorite."

Indeed, the meteorite (not pictured) had only avoided Hamilton's head by inches when it crashed into her bed.

Granted, that wasn't Hamilton's first theory as to what had happened to her home.

At first, she had suspected that the rogue rock was a by-product of rock blasting from a nearby construction site.

However, the site's management not only informed her that they hadn't done any blasting that night, but also said that some workers had seen a meteor explode at around the same time as the impact.

After the incident was reported to experts at Western University in London, Ontario, she had official confirmation that she had a meteorite on her hands.

With that in mind, Hamilton now plans to send the rock to a team led by physics and astronomy professor Peter Brown to determine what type of meteorite they're dealing with.

And while she was shaken up by the experience, Hamilton nonetheless hopes she'll be able to keep the meteorite once the team is done examining it.

As she said, "I was shaking like a leaf. You're sound asleep, safe, you think, in your bed, and you can get taken out by a meteorite, apparently."

h/t: CBC

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