The night sky is both stunning and mysterious. When you stare up at the moon and stars, however, you are met with the comfort that what is up there will remain up there and simply illuminate the night. Unfortunately, this was not true for Jay Sullivent in Appling, Georgia on July 21st.
Sullivent heard a loud crash and assumed that it was the result of a car accident close to his home. He went outside and walked around, expecting to find some wreckage that would explain why such a loud crash occurred. Eventually, he made his way to an area of his yard where he noticed that there was a grass circle that has smoke coming from it.
Upon closer inspection, Sullivent found that in the center of the circle was a pink rock that appeared to be glowing. It was like something out of a sci-fi movie and definitely something that any person would expect to stumble upon in real life.
He had to investigate a little further and determine what the mass was. He uses his penknife to flick the rock out of the hole and exclaims to the video device he is using that it is a meteorite. He describes that the bang was so loud that he thought that a car accident could be the only explanation. He was stunned when he found that a meteor was to blame because this is definitely not something that you see every day. He said that the crater was over a foot deep and that the center of the meteor was glowing red.
Most meteors that are headed toward earth never actually make it to the surface of the planet. In fact, approximately 90 to 95 percent of them will dissipate in the atmosphere so they are never a threat to the planet or the life inhabiting it. This is because most meteors are said to be quite fragile since they usually originate from comets.
It is not possible to determine exactly how many meteors make their way to the earth’s surface. You might have seen a meteor and not even realized it because they often just look like a small piece of rock and if they are very tiny, they might not cause a big bang like Sullivent experienced on that July evening.
What is interesting and maybe a bit unnerving is that from a proportional standpoint, North America seems to experience more meteors than any other area of the world. This means that Sullivent’s experience might not be the only one that you hear about when you are watching the news in the future. Of course, Sullivent is surely grateful that his garden took the hit and that his home, vehicle and the actual people and other living things in his home did not become a victim when this meteor made its way to his backyard.