THE UNIVERSE WAS HERE
HAMMER STONES AND IMPACT ARTIFACTS
An extremely rare opportunity to acquire the evidence of a meteorite’s arrival on Earth
We’ve all heard someone exclaim: “Oh, come on! You’re more likely to get hit by a meteorite!” This expression is used to describe something so unlikely, it is seen as fantastical. And rightly so. The odds of a person, or a thing, being hit by a meteorite are — pardon the pun — literally astronomical. Despite many apocryphal claims, there is still no single clear and documented case of a human being hit by a meteorite. The best we can do is poor Ann Hodges who was injured by the ricochetting Sylacauga meteorite after it crashed through the roof of her house in 1954 and bounced off a console radio. As such, we might describe her as a secondary impact site.
Man-made objects that have been struck by a meteorite and show the evidence of that impact, and are acquireable, are also tiny in number. The Peekskill Meteorite car which was struck by a stone meteorite in New York State in 1992 and the Claxton, Georgia mailbox that was stoved in eight years earlier are two of precious few examples. While meteorites fascinate, the damage they do to terrestrial objects — the physical marking of their passage from the cosmos (there) to Earth (here) seems to enthrall even more. It’s as if the Universe said: “I was here!”
The meteorites that have perpetrated such damage are known, colorfully, as hammer stones. The instances in which an object of human origin that has been impacted by a meteorite have come up for sale are so few in number that one could almost describe any such sale as a cosmic event in itself. Aerolite Meteorites is delighted to present not one, but three such impact artifacts including this meteorite, which is a genuine part hammer stone with fusion crust and visible paint!