An incredible world-first video shows the moment that a skydiver was nearly hit by a meteorite as it hurtled towards the Earth.
Anders Helstrup missed certain death by just a few feet when the space rock hurtled past him at 300mph after he leapt from a plane over Hedmark, south east Norway.
Mr Helstrup was with with several other members of the Oslo Parachute Club when he made the skydive after taking off from the nearby Østre Æra Airport.
It was just after he opened his parachute that a falling stone cannoned past just a few feet away.
But immediately after the jump, Mr Helstrup had no idea that he had come so close to an almost certainly fatal collision - merely that something odd had happened.
'I got the feeling that there was something, but I didn’t register what was happening,' he said.
Luckily, Mr Helstrup had recorded the jump on a helmet-mounted camera. Playback revealed very clearly that something did happen.
'When we stopped the film, we could clearly see something that looked like a stone. At first it crossed my mind that it had been packed into a parachute, but it’s simply too big for that,' he said.
Geologist Hans Amundsen told NRK.no, a Norwegian news site which also publishes in English, that he was convinced that what fell past Mr Helstrup was indeed a meteorite.
'It can’t be anything else. The shape is typical of meteorites – a fresh fracture surface on one side, while the other side is rounded,' he said.
Now the hunt is on to track down Mr Helstrup's meteorite, with experts analysing its trajectory and triangulating a search area that has so far been limited to a 100 metres square region.