This short video of the event was captured by the helmet cam of Anders Helstrup as he and other members of the
jumped from a small plane in Norway. He actually didn’t even see it happen. He says he “got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening.”
He took the video to the Natural History Museum in Oslo and experts seemed pretty convinced the footage features a meteorite. “It can’t be anything else. The shape is of typical meteorites. A fresh fracture surface on one side while the other side is rounded,” said Geologist Hans Amundsen.
A meteorite has never been filmed in the ‘dark flight’ period of atmospheric entry. The meteorite was falling at around 200 miles per hour. Would have been quite the bummer for Anders had it struck him.
Some aren’t convinced that his account is accurate, but in an email to the Huffington Post, Helstrup reaffirmed the video’s authenticity: “I can guarantee you the story and footage is real, recorded just as it happened. I am aware that April 1 was 3 days ago, but this has nothing to do with that.”
Respected Norwegian astrophysicist Pål Brekke confirmed to Universe Today that the story is true and the video is authentic. “I was part of the investigation – and kept secret for two years – in hope of finding the meteorite,” Brekke said via a conversation on Twitter.
Since the search for the meteorite has come up empty so far, Helstrup’s story and video has been released in an effort to recruit more people to look for the rock — and to confirm that this actually was a meteorite.
“It has been a little hard to keep it as a secret,” Helstrup told Universe Today via email, “but everyone has been loyal to the project and helped us out!”