I just finished reading the article 60 Years Ago Today: The Day A Meteorite Hit Ann Hodges (Bad Astronomy blog, Phil Plait) and I couldn't help wondering what the medical term for the fear of this would be...

  • Since this is similar to the fear of being hit by an asteroid, a possible term would be Umbrella purchaser (although this is not a single word) Nov 30, 2014 at 15:15
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    The medical term for this fear would be "delusional paranoia".
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 30, 2014 at 15:18
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    @DanBron - No if you are Joe Btfsplk.
    – Hot Licks
    Nov 30, 2014 at 15:25
  • @Hot, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you. Just scheming up there, in the Oort Cloud. I know what you're up to, up there! shakes fist defiantly
    – Dan Bron
    Nov 30, 2014 at 15:27
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    It's a medical condition only when it's an irrational fear. Since there is no word for it, it must mean that the fear is rational. QED
    – TRomano
    Nov 30, 2014 at 15:57

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There is meteorophobia for fear of meteors or meteorites. But it obviously covers the fear of being hit by a meteorite also.

This fear may have sprung from news or articles describing meteors that have struck households and businesses. To obsess about the possibility of being hit can lead to phobias. Anyone who has lived around someone with this fear can possess a reluctant, but growing acceptance of the same fear.


But this person can be called neurotic also because it is an extremely rare event to worry about.


There isn't one. Oxford dictionary lists words for fear of comets (cometophobia) and stars (siderophobia) but I guess there aren't enough people afraid of getting conked on the head by meteorites or space junk to coin a phrase, yet...


As a record in folklore, there's always Chicken Little (the sky is falling!) - who just needed a word to pathologize his preoccupation with & fear of empty vastness. (And who knows what it might throw at him.)

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