I'm playing No Man's Sky on PC. I was at my base trying to interact with a portable refiner I left next to a building when suddenly there was a crash and I died.

When I respawned, there was no "Killed by XYZ" message, and the spot of my death (about 500 yards away) has an impact crater.

My planet is peaceful except for a few spider-looking little aliens. The Sentinels are benign. What could have possibly killed me? I saw and heard nothing when it happened -- no animal or angry sentinel noises, just a boom/crash. The 'shields are down' message flashed at the same time I died, so it was pretty much instantaneous.

My only idea was that maybe I was hit by a meteorite, but I've never seen meteorites so far in the game (and Googling doesn't seem to bring up anything for that.) The gamepedia page on Death doesn't list anything relevant either.

Here's what the impact crater looked like when I went back to get my stuff. Notice it's under the refiner.

Scene of the Crime.

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    It looks like the crater that is created by a grenade of some sort. Could it be possible you accidentally blew yourself up? I’ve done that once or twice before, when I didn’t realize I had my grenades activated. Commented Aug 11, 2019 at 15:53
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    I've only been playing for about 3 hours, I don't think I have any explosives. I usually kill things with my mining beam, and I just made the boltcaster but that was after my explosive death. I don't think I blew myself up; if I did, I'm not sure how. Commented Aug 11, 2019 at 19:05
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    No worries, just inquiring :) Best of luck in NMS! Commented Aug 11, 2019 at 19:34
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    I've seen graves occasionally create those little craters but not always. It seems to happen particularly when there are things in the same spot. The refinery being so close may have just created the little hole because I've died and had no crater. Best guess is something glitched out and you got jipped and it wasn't legit. I have no idea what external explosive force could have killed you
    – n_plum
    Commented Aug 12, 2019 at 11:33
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    @RoddyoftheFrozenPeas add to your description above what the state was of your multitool and other items equipped, this will give other people the ease to eliminate obvious things
    – Wouter
    Commented Sep 2, 2019 at 14:55

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If you had a grenade launcher or geology cannon equipped, you may have misclicked and blew yourself up. killing you and leaving a crater that size.

  • As I mentioned in the comments, at the time this happened I had only been playing for 3 hours and had no weapons in my multitool. At the time I had a terrain manipulator, plus the original upgrades, that's it. Commented Aug 23, 2019 at 5:20
  • Oh sorry, in that case I have no idea what happened.
    – Damnamas12
    Commented Aug 28, 2019 at 11:21

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