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(on video) Breton meteorite explosion A meteorite explosion in the Breton sky before dawn on 19 July 2011. © F….

The morning of November 20 proved to be a busy one, at least for a handful of residents of the Alsatian metropolis. On the outskirts of Strasbourg, a violent noise woke residents around 7 a.m. Several witnesses saw smoke coming from a red car, prompting Bas-Rhin firefighters and municipal police to intervene. Officials noted a hole of about fifty centimeters in the roof of the car, from which smoke was coming out.

A celestial body, no bigger than gravel?

In the fire department report, and according to the statements of Captain Matthew Collobert, it appears that an object struck with enough force to pass through several centimeters of sheet metal, the underbody and the fuel tank of the car. Suspicious: Barely two centimeters of gravel found in the tank. Newspaper L’Alsace Reports that the item is “as is” Like burnt wood, very light », according to the statement of a police officer. Several sources confirm that this “gravel” was immediately sent to Paris for analysis by the Scientific Police Service.

The hypothesis that an object from the edge of space crashed into Strasbourg has been supported given the significance of the damage caused by the impact. Most meteorites are destroyed before they reach the Earth’s surface. Friction between the object and the atmosphere, heating it to temperatures around 1,700°C, often causes the meteor to disintegrate. But their extremely fast speed sometimes allows smaller elements to reach the ground. Meteorites that enter the atmosphere travel at speeds between 27,000 and 90,000 km/h. Large enough to allow some of the more adventurous meteorites to break the protective barrier of the atmosphere.

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