Rajbir Yadav, a farmer who lives in a small village in Gurugram in India, was out walking one day when enormous blue-white rock fell from the sky and landed in the field he was walking through. “It hit the ground with a big thud,” he said while describing what happened to reporters. Well, Rajbir quickly went and told the other villagers and word soon spread like wildfire throughout the local communities.
The stone was a pale blue/white, cold to the touch, and transparent. And some of the villagers said it might be a meteor that possibly contained rare and valuable minerals.
Obviously upon hearing this some clever buggers in the crowd started breaking off chunks of the rock. They wrapped them up in their clothes, snuck them home, and carefully placed them in their fridges to avoid the rocks melting.
Word soon reached Indian officials working for the government’s meteorological department. When they arrived they began testing the giant rock and soon revealed that it was actually ‘blue ice’.
Blue ice occurs when a small leak in an aeroplane’s waste management system results in a small amount of sewage starts to leak into the atmosphere at high altitudes. At a cold enough temperature ice starts to form and cling to the plane where it grows in size. Eventually it becomes so large it breaks off the plane and comes hurtling down to the Earth. You can watch a fascinating clip on its formation below.
So essentially the meteorite was a mixture of frozen urine, faeces and disinfectant (hence the blue colour). Blue ice has previously reached headlines after a young woman’s roof was destroyed when a lump crashed through her house and into her bedroom, missing her head by mere feet. Similar incidences have occurred throughout the world with one case in San Francisco where the ice smashed a boat’s windshield to smithereens.