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Thread: Odds of being hit by a meteorite?

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    Odds of being hit by a meteorite?

    What is the likelihood per year that I will be struck by a meteorite?
    I know it happened at least once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Mazanec View Post
    What is the likelihood per year that I will be struck by a meteorite?
    I know it happened at least once.
    Dear me. I hope you sustained no permanent injury.

    Grant Hutchison

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    36-116 impacts over 10g, per million square kilometres, per year.

    If a person has an impact cross section of ~1m2, that's 10-12 of the cross section quoted above, so 36-116 chances in a trillion.

    Only you can judge how much time you spend in buildings and vehicles, which would protect you from the more frequent impacts at the low-mass end of this distribution.

    Grant Hutchison

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    Dear me. I hope you sustained no permanent injury.

    Grant Hutchison
    Ba dum tss!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grant hutchison View Post
    36-116 impacts over 10g, per million square kilometres, per year.

    If a person has an impact cross section of ~1m2, that's 10-12 of the cross section quoted above, so 36-116 chances in a trillion.

    Only you can judge how much time you spend in buildings and vehicles, which would protect you from the more frequent impacts at the low-mass end of this distribution.

    Grant Hutchison
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    If your job is unloading meteorites from trucks at a museum, your chance of being hit by one is greatly increased.

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