I am fascinated
by the numerous stories that I have been sent about rocks that someone
found that “weren’t there yesterday.” Common alternative stories are “We heard
a thud on the roof at night and found this rock the next morning” and “I
saw a fireball and found this stone where I saw it land.” All the quotations
below were sent to me by real people. Some of them describe real meteors.
It’s possible that some of the rocks described really are meteorites. Some
meteorites really have hit roofs, after all. (See accounts for Benld, Bloomington, and Park Forest, for example.)
None of the rocks associated with the stories below that I have had the
chance to examine myself have been meteorites, however. I don’t know how
these various rocks came to be where they were found, but I’m rather
certain that most did not come from space. Not every rock that falls from
the sky is a meteorite.
I ‘ve noticed 2 things about such rocks
Many are just
the right size for throwing.
For reasons I don’t understand, many appear to be slags.
included some newspaper and other media articles about suspected meteorites
that turned out to be meteorwrongs.
Here’s a good
link that explains why the rock you FOUND is probably not from the meteor
that you SAW: The Meteorite Market
"i found a
strange rock in front of my house that just seemed to have appeared
"We heard a loud pop like gunshots.
The next day my 2-year old grandson was out in the back yard and found the
"rock". It was stuck in the ground. We had to pull it out."
"It was the summer of 2013. I was
sitting on a porch with my friend and there was a faint THUNK as a small
rock came down from the air and landed next to us."
"Last June, I heard what seemed to
be a bunch of gravel being tossed across the roof of our log cabin and
travel trailer metal roofs."
"A couple of years ago I heard what
sounded like bits of rock spray across our metal roof, didn't think much
about it at first, next morning I thought that maybe what I heard were bits
of meteorites that possibly fell on my roof."
"On May 24,1997 a rock weighing 58
grams hit the screen door of my back patio piercing through it and putting
a chip in the plate glass. It made quite a noise."
"My husband heard a loud bang or
thug like something hitting the ground in the garden. It was night and VERY
dark so we looked, got spooked and went inside.
About a week or so later he was in the garden and found this odd
"About 27 or 28 years ago, while
fixing a fence, I came across a fence post that was split in half,
partially burnt, with a small one ounce rock
imbedded near the base."
"I found this rock at a site that I
thought at first may have been a lightning strike, it was impacted into the
earth with only about a 1/3 of it showing and the area around it was
charred and still smoldering."
"In the middle of April, I was out
in my yard and found this rock. Which of course wasn't there before."
"The person who gave me the rock
over 25 years ago indicated that he heard it hit the ground and picked it
"Found in my front yard this
morning, definitely not there yesterday ( i
"I was outside today
and I found this object in my yard. 15ft away from my house. So I picked the object up, and there was a hole the
from the Peoria
That Smashed Window Likely from Recycling Center
Friday, April 6, 2007
BY: Fitzgerald M. Doubet
of the Journal Star
BLOOMINGTON - The alleged meteorite
that crashed through a Bloomington couple's home last month now appears
to have a more earthly origin. Robert
"Skip" Nelson, a professor of geology at Illinois State
University, along with his colleagues, originally believed the metallic
rock that landed March 5 in David and Dee Riddle's home at 25 Partner Place
to be a meteorite. Upon further examination, his theory has changed.
"It appears that it was a piece of
metal, steel actually, that had been embedded in a log probably as a
growing tree," Nelson said. "The log was put into a wood
chipper, an industrial wood chipper. Inside the chipper the hammers were
revolving at a significant velocity, and when they hit this piece of
metal in there, it kicked it out the top of the chipper with a velocity
in excess of 200 miles an hour."
Nelson believes the piece of steel -
about the size and shape of a deck of cards - inadvertently wound up in
the wood chipper at Twin City Wood Recycling on Oakland Avenue.
"They found that it came crashing
through the house, and traveling that velocity, the first thought was
that it was a meteor," Nelson said. "It was coming down at a 60 degree angle. When it was shot out, or ejected from
the chipper, it traveled over 300 meters, more than 900 feet, two city
blocks. It was really moving and had a trajectory like you fired it out
of a mortar."
owner of Twin City Wood Recycling, said foreign objects making their way
through the chipper is not common.
"It happens from time to time, but
we try to prevent that," Wollrab said.
The Riddles plan to keep the shiny
black piece of steel around as a memento of their experience.
was fun. I'm a little disappointed, though," Dee Riddle said.
"It would have been a lot more fun if it had been even something
from outer space, maybe not even a meteorite. We have had fun with it,
and we will keep it just as a conversation piece."
"It was night time when I heard a
very distinct sound, when I went outside I
expected to see something but found nothing. The next day I searched the
area that I believed would have contained whatever hit my house. When I
looked at the shingle from the mansard style roof
I saw a mark and dent about the size of a Grapefruit. I searched the area
in and around the bushes and sitting a top this
evergreen bush was a rock?? My property has no visible rocks of this nature
as the perimeter of my house is mulched with no rocks. Just grass and
bushes. When I picked the rock up I knew right
away that this hit my home as it landed in an area very close to where it
hit the roof. I must have been cushioned by the bush it landed on after it
projected from the roof. I searched every possible area around my home to
make sure I wasn't imaging this all. Nothing like this rock exists on my
"I discovered a meteorite embedded
in my driveway a few days ago."
"When I was a young girl in about
1947, my father and I were out at night in a field by our home in Loves
Park, Illinois identifying some of the constellations for a school project.
Suddenly, there was a streak of light, followed by a thud in a field about
300 ft from where we were standing. We waited until the early morning hours
to go out and retrieve it, realizing it would be extremely hot. I remember
thinking the heavy metal was iron, not realizing meteorites made of iron
are blackened. I brought it to school, so my classmates could see it."
"This rock was in an area of sparse
grass and I would have seen it while mowing the lawn or actually just
walking across the yard… I think it “arrived” sometime over the last week
"It was night time when I heard a
very distinct sound, when I went outside I expected
to see something but found nothing... When I picked the rock up I knew right away that this hit my home as it landed
in an area very close to where it hit the roof."
sending you 2 emails with 2 different pictures of this rock I found lying
in my back yard one morning i got up to go to
"I found this large rock (grapefruit
size) a few inches from my street on our side yard (about 2 feet wide). It
was in August or early Sept. My husband and I put it away in our chifferobe where it has been for 7 mos. This week I
have been digging in my small back yard to plant flowers and each day I
have found a handful of smaller pieces to this big rock we found in Aug. I
don't know what a fusion crust is but if you pick it up it leaves a residue
of a black sooty substance. I have many pictures
but they are not good. I only have a cheap digital camera and I'm a lousy
photographer as well."
"A man was working in his garden in
the evening of the said date and heard a hissing sound as a rock landed
less than four feet from him. He quickly went over to investigate and found
a warm black rock freshly embedded in the long grass."
"During the meteorite shower in
early August, I believe what seems to be a meteorite fell in the yard of my
daughter’s home. It apparently was smoldering all night and the odor from
the heated rock was a stench. It hit the surface of the ground and the
plants that were beneath it, the roots were scorched and destroyed. It took
several buckets of water to stop the smoke and cool it off."
"She said it had fallen through the
roof in 1964 and she showed me where her roof had been repaired."
from the Asbury Park Press
Show Object Isn't Meteorite
Saturday, May 12, 2007
of the Journal Star
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP - The flying object
that came crashing through the roof of a township house in January was
not a meteorite, as initially thought.
Not to worry. It appears man-made, not
space invader-made, according to recent testing, information about which
was released Friday.
"Basically, it's a piece of
stainless steel," said Jeremy Delaney, a Rutgers University meteoriticist who became involved in analyzing the
item Jan. 3, the day after it fell and when the homeowner notified
The rock-like item was silver and
brown, lumpy but smooth. It was about 2-1/2 inches by 1-1/2 inches,
weighing about 13 ounces.
Because the object had no specific
distinguishing characteristics, "we can't take it much further"
to identify its source, Delaney said. Although it remains an unidentified
flying object, Delaney speculated it was "space junk," or
whose family discovered the silver object after it crashed through the
roof and into the upstairs bathroom of his home, was disappointed by the
"That's the nature of
science," the 46-year-old information technology consultant said
Friday. "If the conclusion from the test says it's not a meteorite,
then it's not a meteorite. We have to move forward.
"It's still the world's most
popular metallic object that fell from the sky," Nageswaran
Debris falls daily.
About 11,000 items of space debris
larger than about 4 inches are known to exist, according to the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration. All told, according to NASA, tens
of millions of space debris items probably exist.
Over the last 40 years, an average of
one piece per day of known space debris has fallen to Earth, with no
serious injuries or significant damage to property confirmed, according
to the space agency.
"Space junk is kind of a default
answer," Delaney said, explaining conventional aircraft would be
eliminated as a source because the Federal Aviation Administration
reported none in the area at the time of the crash.
Peter Elliott, a Colts Neck metallurgist
involved in an early analysis of the object - and who thought it was a
meteorite - suspected space debris when told of the test results.
The item seems to have come from space
because of a triangle-like pattern, suggesting heat, Elliott said. An item
falling from a conventional aircraft at a lower altitude would not have
had the heat pattern, Elliott said.
About a week and a half ago, scientists
viewed the item under a new, advanced electron microscope at the American
Museum of Natural History in New York, then immediately analyzed the
results, Delaney said. By the end of that day, the scientists from the
museum and Rutgers concluded it was not a meteorite, Delaney said.
The item had chromium, a typical
component of stainless steel, Delaney said. A meteorite would have been
basically nickel and iron, Delaney said.
"This particular composition is
not one we've ever seen (happening naturally)," Delaney said.
The delay in testing the item was a
combination of arranging schedules of the Nageswaran
family and those of scientists, as well as the availability of the
microscope, Delaney said.
"It's a new tool and it's very
much in demand," Delaney said of the microscope.
On Jan. 2, the item crashed into the
family's home in the Colts Pride development along Route 537. It went
through the roof, then into a second-floor bathroom, where it bounced off
a tile floor and embedded into the wall, according to township police.
Early on, there seemed a sureness the
object was a meteorite. Its shape, density, color and magnetism suggested
meteorite, according to Rutgers.
Household stainless steel generally is
nonmagnetic, Elliott said. But stainless steel does come in magnetic
forms, Elliott said.
"There was a sureness in the
evidence that was available - the physical evidence," Delaney said.
"But we wanted to test it more thoroughly."
Delaney said he was unaware of any
continued analysis now that the item is determined not to be a meteorite.
"I was pretty comfortable from
right when I first saw it (that it was a meteorite)," said Elliott,
who was not involved in the recent testing. " I wonder how many of
the past ones (believed to be meteorites) were fully analyzed."
On Jan. 27, the Rutgers University
Geology Museum displayed the object as a meteorite at its open house.
"Oh, well, you win some, you lose
some," said Delaney, speaking of the display. "Now, we are in
the position of saying, "Oops.'
The public, now, has a glimpse of how
scientific analysis works, Delaney said.
"New experimental evidence
routinely causes scientists to change earlier hypotheses that were based
on the best information available at that time," Delaney said.
After the object crashed through the
roof, various people reported objects falling from the sky. Delaney
viewed up to 50 objects, with all turning out to be a
"meteorwrong" - not a meteorite.
Of the 50, only one falling in the
"same general area" on possibly the same day might be related
debris, Delaney said. No more information was immediately available on
the other object.
Aircraft debris would have fallen at
the same time, while orbiting debris could have fallen over hours,
Had it been a meteorite, within the
context of it crashing through a house, "it was probably worth
several thousand dollars," Delaney said.
And, now that it is likely man-made
regrettably," Delaney said.
"I have a son that is now 19 the
other day he came home and was telling me this story about when he was little He and a friend saw this really bright fiery
light fall from the sky and hit the ground. They were all excited and told
a bunch of people in a restaurant but everyone
ignored them. The next day they went to look to see if they could find out
what they saw fall from the sky and in a cemetery
there was a round whole with a bunch of pieces of rock in it. He said it
was a meteorite of some kind. And now probably 10-12 years later He and a
different friend happened to be in the same cemetery and he was telling the
story and remembered exactly where his find was there was a circle of dirt
on the ground, no grass had grown there and he bet the kid that if they dug
they would find some of these strange looking rocks or whatever they were,
and sure enough just below the surface the odd material was there. He did
bring one or two of them home with him. Could this really have been a
meteorite and who would I contact that might be interested in this. He also
said the day they first found it, the tree it came through, on its landing,
had the branches broken off."
"My grandfather saw it fall from the
sky in the early 1920s. It caught the woods on fire. He and his brother
went the next day and recovered it. It was buried in the ground about 6
feet and was too hot to touch. It weighs approx. 150lbs."
"An old friend saw a burning mass
fall in his yard up north in 1984 and last summer I was able to go to the
spot and search. I found this greyish, porous rock which is severely burnt
and melted at one end."
"Eight years ago
when I was in fourth grade I was sitting in my backyard on my wooden
skateboard ramp, alone, when I heard a relatively loud thud on the ramp
about five feet away from me. I turned quickly to see a rock bounce into my
yard. I picked up the rock in curiosity. At first
I thought my neighbor had thrown it at me, so I scanned to see if he was
around but he was nowhere to be seen. I later questioned him on the subject and he didn’t know what I was talking
"I believe that my grandmother is in
possession of a small meteorite. It fell to earth about 30 years ago, and
she saw it hit the ground (literally 50 feet away from her). It was still
glowing hot as she approached it. After letting it cool down, she took it
home and put it on a shelf, were it has remained pretty much untouched for
"One night, a rock ,black and burnt
looking (with what appears to be reddish gray dust, also has like glitter
under the black ,you can bearly see )came
crashing down onto the hood of my van . It hit so hard it dented, cutting
the hood. When it hit it also broke my windshield wiper and cracked my
windshield. This was at 10:30 at night. There were no kids around . No
vehicles. I went back with a flashlight and retrieved this stone. I am sure
this is the rock that hit my van because there is a small amount of my paint
from the hood on it."
your opinion but we are sure that we have seen it falling from the sky and
looks like fire and then make a big hole. we tried to touch it but was very
hot that was at 3 in the morning. please advise"
"As I looked out my window, I saw a
rock sitting on my deck. I went outside to look at it and at first, I
didn't think it was anything to out of the ordinary. Not until a few
minutes later, when I looked back at my house to discover this rock pierced
through the siding of my house, into a layer of my insulation and then it
must of bounced off and landed on my deck. That's
when I became suspicious."
"I was driving home one night, still
in Virginia, about 9 p.m. est on a long straight
road that has nothing but farmer’s fields on either side. From the top of
my windshield I saw this big (well, it looked very large) burning thing
falling to the ground, very fast. It burned all the way near to the ground,
at what was about 30 yards from the ground it went out for a second then lite
back up and appeared to burn out about 10-13 feet from the ground. It was
not only very close to me, maybe 1/2 mile, but it also had smaller pieces
coming off of it that were also burning. It had a burning trail, or tail
that was long, very long streaming from it... I was awe struck. It lite an
entire section of the field up. That's how I knew it landed in the field. I
saw the plowed corn stalks where the farmers had disked the old corn under it's light. It lit a huge section up. I never heard it
hit and since it went out just before it landed I
did not see an impact. Not to mention I almost wrecked my jeep watching
“I have this rock that fell in my
“My first thought from about 20 feet
away was that it was some sort of compacted fecal matter that fell from
an air craft. If it is that, I am sorry that I have wasted your time. The
sound it made when it fell can only be described as a loud thwomp.
Roughly 5 seconds after I heard the sound, I opened my front door. (I
happened to be standing next to said front door, picking my son up.)
There was nobody outside. After taking a picture of it from roughly 3
feet away from it, I put my son to bed, returned and took another picture
from one foot away. Those are in the other email I sent you.”
“The rock is in two main pieces, and
one small piece. Altogether it is 12.80" long, 4'5" wide and
3.5" deep. I don't have a magnet to test it with. I don't own a
single magnet. It is heavy; heavier than my 25 pound
“If this IS some sort of meteorite or
other matter that you have an educative interest in, it is all yours. I
am honestly not at all interested in doing a chemical analysis and sawing
the rock up or any other such actions. I am not interested in selling it,
“I just want to make sure, before I
throw it out, that it is not something of scientific, geological or
educational value. I cannot go out and buy an expensive digital camera
with which to take pictures of it, so the quality I am sending is the
best I have. I have amended my earlier aversion to touching it (ziplocs are great gloves), and
will bring it into my house to take a couple better pictures for you.
Past that, I am sticking it in a plastic bag and putting it outside until
I hear from you.”
The rock. It doesn’t look like a meteorite. It's obviously weathered on the exterior. When a
meteorite comes through the atmosphere, it loses most of its exterior
material to ablation. The remaining material is not rusty and
"7 years ago
I saw a meteor falling above me. I slowed to a stop as it's fire-ball got
larger until it 'poffed' into a non-moving white
flash about 75 feet in diameter at about 500 feet above the ground. After
about 5 seconds I heard a 'thud'. 'Next' I thought, 'there is a meteorite
on my ranch' "
"In August of the year 1957 I was on
summer holidays with my parents in the family house of my mother which is
located in a village named Stemnitsa in south
Greece. The altitude of the village from sea level is 1100 meters. A night
of August I got up from my bed to go to the toilet. As I passed in front of
a window, I suddenly saw in the dark sky a bright object approaching the
ground. It was a flaming ball on the size of the basketball with a bright
tail to follow. As the ball was coming down it was getting smaller size. I
thought that eventually it would be completely lost in the dark sky, but was not.It fell
aflame about 100 meters away from our house. I noted in my mind the part
that fell. I went to sleep again and in the morning,
even before the sunrise, I took my father (after he narrated the incident)
to go with me to look after for the sky object because I was somewhat young
then for such adventures. I was only 12 years old. We found that field and
because of a bush which was half-burnt we understood the point that it had
fallen. We dig in a blackened hole and in a depth of about 30 cm we found
the rock that you can see in the pictures which was still warm
"I am writing this for my mother.
She has a rock which has all the characteristics mentioned in your article
on meteorites. She was working in the yard ...laid down her rake....went
back later for it.....and this rock was laying
"In the early 1900" my great
grandparents were awakened early one morning around 3.00am. by something
falling into their front yard when day lite came my great grandfather dug
this meteorite up, it was still smoking."
"I am from Indiana and on my way to
work this morning at 4:50 AM my boyfriend and I were riding in our car and
saw something green shoot across the sky. He asked me if I saw it too and I
told him yes and he asked me what it was. I was thinking a shooting star but I don't know if shooting stars could be green? So if what we saw this morning was a meteor then does
that mean it landed somewhere on earth this morning or was it just
"passing thru"??? I know the description I gave you "something
green shot across the sky" isn't very good...it had a short trail
behind it and at first it started white but then had a green ball around
it. And there was no noise. And we only saw it for like one second and then
it disappeared and there were no stars visible this morning as well."
"My Grandfather saw this meteorite
fall from the sky about 50 years ago. He Found it in a cornfield the next
morning. My Father has it now and I don't think he knows how rare and
valuable it is. I believe it is a lunar meteorite and it weighs at least 20
Object from Sky Identified as Woodchipper Part
By: The Associated Press, 18 July 2007,
4:27 p.m. ET
BAYONNE, N.J. (AP) -- A hunk of metal
that crashed through the roof of a home had NASA and Federal Aviation
Administration officials scratching their heads.
It didn't look "very space-y,''
said Henry Kline, a spokesman for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, Calif. " It's obviously made for something ... But we
wouldn't know what to do with it.''
It didn't appear to be an airplane part
either, the FAA said.
Finally, FAA spokesman Jim Peters said
Wednesday, a colleague in his office solved the mystery: It was part of a
commercial woodchipper. The same part from another woodchipper's grinder
had caused similar confusion last year, he said. [The Bloomington, IL,
How it got on a Bayonne roof was anyone
guess, but Peters had a theory. The grinder piece moves very fast and,
apparently, it can launch into the air if something goes wrong.
The man who lives in the house was
watching television Tuesday when he heard a crash and saw a cloud of
dust. In the next room, he found the hunk of gray metal, 3 1/2 inches by
5 inches, with two hexagonal holes in it.
The part was being returned to Bayonne
Police on Wednesday, Peters said.
belongs to somebody,'' Police Director Mark Smith said.
"I believe it is a meteorite because
my window was broken and it left a huge circular
area where it busted the glass out then the rest of the window preceded to
fall into my back seat. It is about the size of an eye."
"My husband found this rock on our
back porch next to a long skid across a concrete pad and a dent in the
"In 2004 winter some late; I push my
son to take a walk nearby the park, suddenly in is away from me not to 6
meter about street lights, is pounded broken by a ball, this ball rolls to
my foot nearby, I pick conveniently it, thought originally is some people
is playing a ball game hits not carefully. But has a look all around
unexpectedly continually a person's shadow not to have Difficult inadequate
is the space falls; Has turned head inspects the street light, it is from
place above is pounded, also has a look in the hand this ball under the
light sparkling. Never sees the so perfect universe rugby. Examines many
related meteorites the pictures and the news, but I pick this as if too too is perfect, but I believe firmly it indeed am come
from the outer space; Because it almost projects on me; The following is I
to its description: It has a light mirror surface fusion outer covering, in
the spherical surface is inlaying the near hundred seven colors (yellow,
green, purple, orange color, brown, gray, white) the gem; One side has is
likely has been roasted by the fire, has the colored round corona. The son
one side is not that smooth in addition. It not by magnet attraction; After
also had the hit street light the spot to lack a small angle; The fusion
outer covering interior is likely the green glass material quality, has
many bubbles, it may be diaphanous. The penetration photosource
is likely the viridis eyeball. It is likely a
grain of glass moonie. sorry cannot send for you
the sample, because I do not want to destroy it."
"A meteor struck my driveway last
Wednesday night/Thursday morning, and I have the fragments, what is the
probability that it’s from the comet Swift-Tuttle associated with the
Perseid Meteor Shower?"
"This elderly man's father was
returning home around midnight on horseback sometime around the year 1890.
Suddenly the sky was lighted as a ball of fire with sparks shooting off of
it passed overhead. Though an excellent rider, the man was thrown from his
horse. The object made, as he described, a loud whining, roaring sound and
it was gone in a moment of time. He felt that the object had struck the
earth nearby but it was not reported or
"This rock has been passed down in
my husband’s family since between 1944-1948. It flew out of the sky and hit
a wheat field that then caught on fire. The fire was put out and later the
rock discovered at the sight where the rock was located ..."
"While I was looking outside of my
bathroom window on the second floor. I had an object to strike my copper
roof which, I just happened to witness and heard as it hit. My first
thought was, 'What the heck was that?'"
A Story from Ireland
years ago, I was bringing in turf from a bog with my father and I heard a
loud 'woshhhh' sound. I looked up and saw (what
looked like) a big silver ball with a big long trail of light behind it.
Suddenly there came splinters off it and it went out. There was a trail
of (what looked like) smoke for a few seconds after it disappeared and
there was a loud thud. It frightened me, but my father said it was just a
'shooting star and if you get it, it will bring you luck forever'. It
fell quite near to us, in a small grazing field. I went over to where it
was and picked it up. It was on top of the ground and there was nothing
else in the field. I brought it home and left it on a flower bed at home
and there it sat for 40 years. I knew nothing about meteorites then but
since, with media/internet and school I have learned more about them.
It’s been on my mind to get it looked at and would love to get it checked
The rock. This one actually
looks like a meteorite to me.
"A large object passed almost
directly over my head. It was size of half a school bus to the size of a
small car. It was on fire rather than a fireball. The fires color was an
orange to yellowish orange... It made a load hissing, sputtering and
roaring sound with fast oscillations.
"we saw a round
ball type of glowing multiple colors (Red, Blue, Green but predominantly
red) with a tail of many colors, making a whishing sound (whoosh). It was
heading towards an open field. It was found the next day in the morning as
it glowed as the sun reflected on it in the open field."
"I have experienced rocks falling on
my house. I know that these rocks are coming from Heaven, just need for it
to be confirmed."
this is a meteor(rite) i found in the afternoon
on my deck on 04/24/07
i photographed it immediately....i’d like to research if it is a true meteor.... that
actually burned into my deck im sending a few of
my pics for u to help"
"I was at a friend’s house a few
weeks back when an object shown in the attached pictures crashed in his
"My wife found it several years ago
in our back yard. It was buried most of the way into the ground with about
4" protruding from the ground. Enough that it would have caught the
mower blade. It had fell sometime since the yard was last mowed because it
wasn't there before. It appears to have fallen straight down and impacted
the earth with such velocity that it cleared away dirt and grass around it
and It was so deep that it had to be dug up and removed."
"About 35 yrs
ago my friend was sitting outside next to his cabin ... and a meteor came
down the size of an ostrich egg and went into the lake 20 ft from where he
sat, and the next morn he waided in and dug it
out, and sent it somewhere and they said it was one."
"Unfortunately, I no longer have the
actual meteorite, but I know that I had one. It hit a cherry tree in the
backyard of the house across the street one night when I was a kid. Sounded
like an explosion! The next day, the tree looked like it had been hit by
lightning, though there had been no lightning that night. I think there may
have been a meteor shower, but I'm not certain. The tree was split in half.
I found the meteorite some yards away, embedded in the ground! I know it
had not been there previously, it would have been quite obvious. If I'm
recalling correctly, the grass around the impact site was somewhat
scorched, as well. It was about the size of a baseball or just slightly
smaller, but not spherical like one, seemed to be sort of metallic, and
heavy for its size."
"My husband went out to mow our
three acres of land. It had rained really hard for a few days, and he told
me to come out and see this big strange rock in the grass. We have no idea
how it could have got there as it weighs almost 25 pounds. It seems alot more heavier. It could
not have fallen off a passing truck as it's at least 100 feet from the
road. ... there are no rocks in our clay soil. I know you are bothered by a
lot of dumb calls but we really don't know what to
do. It had to fall from the sky in our minds. The only other way would be
for someone to carry it and place it where we found it. My husband and I
are retired and do not play pranks. And we live out in the country where
neighbors are few and far between."
"I found a rock meteor looking
several years ago, it was raining that night, we heard a loud boom and we
ran outside this rock hit our house created a small hole outside the wall
on our house. I touch this rock it was hot so i
kept it for years."
"My step-father told me that years
ago (45 yrs now) a preacher that he knew gave it
to him when he was 9 or 10. The man told him that he watched it fall from
the sky and that it was so hot he had to wait to touch it."
"I attached five photos of my rock
for you to look at it and see what you think about this rock. It landed on
the roof of my house back in 2001. it weighed about 3.5 Kg. a little
magnetic and metallic on it as you see in one of photos. It has very light
fusion crust but I still not sure, it is dark gray. I found it about a
couple feet from the hole on second floor attic."
"Hey I was
looking up meteorites last night because a friend stopped by with one that
crashed through his roof it's real heavy and he left a piece here that
Chunks of Ice Pelt Iowa Town
July 27, 2007
DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) -- Large chunks of
ice, one of them reportedly about 50 pounds, fell from the sky in this
northeast Iowa city, smashing through a woman's roof and tearing through
Authorities were unsure of the ice's
origin but have theorized the chunks either fell from an airplane or
naturally accumulated high in the atmosphere -- both rare occurrences.
"It sounded like a bomb!"
78-year-old Jan Kenkel said. She said she was
standing in her kitchen when an ice chunk crashed through her roof at
about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. "I jumped about a foot!"
Occasionally, aircraft latrines
discharge contents at altitude, resulting in chunks of descending ice.
Airplanes also sometimes accumulate ice on their edges in certain
atmospheric conditions, including high altitude and extreme moisture,
said Robert Grierson, the Dubuque Regional Airport manager and a pilot.
" It landed about 1 am on August 13 2007! My daughters ... and I were hoping to see some
meteors and were hoping to see something spectacular! We were outside
watching the meteor shower and saw one come straight over us and it
exploded right over our heads! It seemed very close! Then we saw a
spiraling object smoking toward us in a corkscrew pattern and I ducked!! I
felt silly cause what could I do to protect myself if it were to hit me? Lol...
We could also smell a bunt metallic smell shortly after the object fell!! Anyway we found the object today stuck into the dirt. It
landed about 4 feet from where [my daughter] was standing and about 8 feet
from where I was standing! The object is about egg size, black and
rocklike. I have pictures of the hole and have the stone with the dirt
embedded on one side."
"Here is my story. I'm pretty sure
this rock came from the sky which is very magnetic. It hit my house in a
very strange spot. It hit my front window of my house that is facing a
southerly direction. It was about eight feet off the ground
and it ripped through a stainless steel screen."
"Well in 1994 this thing fell out of
the sky and hit an 18 wheeler and did major damage
to the truck"
"I was stopped at a traffic light
last December and this hit my back window of my truck and landed on my bed
"I found this rock in my chicken pin
about a month ago, April. It was laying on yellow grass ,was easily seen ,I
check area for eggs each day, it wasn’t there the day before. The rock is a
light brown and light black on one side. The rock didn’t have any dirt in
it which is unusual in a chick pin, they like moving things around. Checked
with magnet of my uniform badge and didn’t grab or maybe just a little if
my imagination didn’t kick in."
"The attached photos are of a rock
found approximately 8 feet from a shattered glass table located under a
wooden slat pergola on our pool deck..."
"I know you may get several emails
from people but I thought it best to see of you
could give me your expert opinion on what happened at my house yesterday. I
came home from work around 4:00 p.m. and went to get the mail. On my way
back to the house I noticed what looked like a bullet hole in my driveway.
I looked around and noticed several of them."
that fell through roof of Dallas home was part of a tree-mulching
machine, police say
DALLAS - Police say a 6-pound chunk of
metal that crashed through the roof of a Dallas home was part of a
machine that was grinding up an unwanted tree nearby.
Sgt. Gil Cerda says: "Mystery
solved." So much for the theory it could have been a piece of debris
from this month's collision of Russian and U.S. satellites.
Cerda says the metal chunk was a
grinding tip of a mulching machine being used by a tree disposal service
crew. No one was hurt when it went flying Tuesday.
Senior Cpl. Janice Crowther said no
charges will be filed against the business because it was an accident.
satellite debris theory also came up when a fireball streaked across the
Texas sky Feb. 15. That turned out to be a meteorite. It also surfaced
last week when a piece of metal crashed through a New Jersey warehouse.
That was another errant piece of a mulching machine.
"I was sitting on my back patio
(facing North) looking at the Big Dipper when all of a sudden I see the
most brilliant/bright ball come flying over my house with a fire tail
behind it. It was so incredible. I could actually here it
"fizzing" as it came over the house. As I sat there in amazement,
watching this, I heard a "thump" like sound as it was passing
over my house. The next day I decided to go investigate where I thought I
heard the sound. To my amazement, the pictures show what I found. The rock
was in my front yard laying in bark dust."
"I've had my local geology
department look at a pebble that hit me in the head (felt like a rain
drop). Please take me seriously. It is a bit funny. ...It is magnetic, shiny
black, heavy for its size, and did hit me in the head and stuck in my hair.
I pulled it out five minutes later. I had got out of the shower 15 minutes
previous, therefore when I found it, I thought; how the heck??"
"My sister's Cadillac trunk lid received
a nasty dent that nearly pierced the metal. The damage is slightly
downward. Everyone assumes a nearby lawn mower threw a rock. A rock the
size of a baseball was found close by. The rock has a thin layer of crust
and responds to a magnet and is very heavy for its size. Any ideas ?"
"When the Hale Bopp Comet passed by
us a few years ago I collected several quarter sized fragments that made
their way to earth. These fragments were still smoking when I discovered
them. I was driving past my grandparent’s home when I noticed several small
fires. These fires were started in the pine straw around the shrubs. In the
pine straw is where I found the quarter sized fragments. My home is about a
half mile from my grandparent’s home and I also noticed several “pot marks”
on my wood deck. These “pot marks” were clearly impact points of fragments
but when the fragments hit the hard wood surface they shattered to much
smaller fragments and mostly powder. This event happened about
Police in Newcastle,
Australia, reported a spate of frozen chickens smashing into house roofs
with great force. They suspected a prankster with a powerful catapult.
"Last month my mom was taking her
garbage out and this "meteorite" "rock" fall out of the
sky about 8 feet from her into the driveway... There were no people around so nobody threw it and she did see it fall and
"My dad said they watched this
meteor come within the earth's atmosphere and exploded. The sound off of it
was louder than a sonic boom. This thing busted apart into small pieces and
began falling from the sky. Much of it rained down throughout the entire
Silver Valley area and had every field on fire. When they saw it raining
down, they too ducked into the storm cellar. They could hear pieces of it
hitting the ground and the steel cellar door like hail. My dad thought the
world was coming to an end!! A piece of this stuff went right through the
roof of my dads' uncle's front porch. After they quit hearing the thuds on
the ground, they all climbed out of the cellar to see the fields on fire,
the front porch on fire, and the barn on fire. They all grabbed buckets and
started dipping water from the well to put the front porch out, but lost the barn. Dad went out the next day and
found this rock laying everywhere, still too hot to touch."
"I think I might have found a
meteorite. I've put in a link to a few pictures and will keep the email
short. I found the rock next to my parked car in the apartment complex
parking lot in Austin, TX. The parking space is paved with normal asphalt
used for making roads. Here's why I think this might be a meteorite; it had
created a dent / small crater of the shape and size similar to the rock in
such hard asphalt and of course there aren't any other rocks like this
"One night while out in the yard
with the dog, I heard the sound of a rock being whizzed through the trees
and then a thud sound a short distance from where I
was standing. It was too dark to see clearly so I just proceeded to go
inside. The following day my husband is holding this rock in his hand
telling me he thinks he found a meteorite in the backyard. He said it stood
out like a sore thumb, because it was just laying on top of the ground in
an area we had just cleared a few days before.
After showing me where he found it, I told him about the incident the night
Geologist Colleague Sent Me This Story
“One time a man calls me and says he went on vacation and upon his
return he found a meteorite embedded in his house – so I check it out the
still embedded rock and impact trajectory - seemed all wrong – I asked
him do you have a lawn service? – yep, – and do they have a riding
mower? – yep, and they cut the
grass while you were away? – yep - mystery solved – and it was a limestone
"anyway...the attached photos are of
a rock that appeared ON my patio about two weeks before...I did not record
the exact day, but I believe it was around the 11th, or 12th of June 2010.
I also HEARD it hit my shop/apartment while trying to take an afternoon
nap around 2-3pm est. My shop has
metal (steel) siding. I didn’t rise to check what made the noise, but
nobody was mowing there yard, and I'm far enough
away from the road, that I'm very certain it wasn't flung or ejected . When
I did rise and stepped out the door, sat down in my chair, I looked to my
right and there it was. It does NOT look like any local rocks."
you it’s meteorite because the lad didn’t look for it .he watched it fell
on the sand near where they were standing one night. he knows much about
the desert .he knows the whereabouts and where it fell coz not far from the
tent .the next days and till the other friends forgot about it he went and
picked it up.it took him very little time coz he knew where it was lying !
he recognized it coz its sight becomes different while he was walking
around it. i asked him to take more photos. he is
in the desert. he lives there."
"...about eight years ago when I was
in fourth grade I was sitting in my backyard on my
wooden skateboard ramp, alone, when I heard a relatively loud thud on the
ramp about five feet away from me. I turned quickly to see a rock bounce
into my yard. I picked up the rock in curiosity. At first
I thought my neighbor had thrown it at me, so I scanned to see if he was
around but he was nowhere to be seen. I later questioned him on the subject and he didn’t know what I was talking
"In the early 1950's my husband's
father was brought to a small forest in NY by a local and he showed him
where the night before a meteor had crashed. It was approximately half the
size of a Volkswagen sitting in a small crater at the end of a triangle
shaped path cut through the trees. The path through the tree was a fairly
clean cut and burnt."
"In the mid-90's a rock fell out of
the sky in the evening and lodged into the siding of my parent’s house in
Palmer, Kansas. I feel it might be a meteorite simply because it fell from
the sky and because of the angle that it stuck into the house."
"As we approached our house my wife
Jean pointed to the roof of our house and said look someone has broken into
our house. The roof of our house is tiled and one
tile was smashed. At that point I could not think of any reason what
smashed it. I fetched my ladder and got a spare roof tile from the shed. I
had to get it replaced before the rain did any damage to the ceiling. The
tile was on the third row up from the gutter and I could work on it easily.
After taking all the broken pieces out I could then look inside but no more
than a meter. Just to the right of the hole was a rock, I took the rock out
and I immediately thought that someone had thrown it, but that just does
not happen here. The rock is about the size of a cricket ball."
"I am sending you this email because
my daughter came across this unusual rock in a strange and unusual way. It
was May 31, 2011 around 1:30 in the afternoon. She was outside the home
here in Pleasanton Texas, when suddenly she was struck on the back by this
rock. What was strange was when I asked her which direction she was facing
when struck. She searched for anyone who may of
thrown it but found nobody. The opposite direction of which she was facing
was only brushy farm land for cattle and no houses for a mile or more. I
know the rock did not of hit her directly before striking her back, because
she was not injured at all. She said she felt only a thump, like if it had
come from a close distance. I believe if it may of
struck the earth before bouncing towards her back. The rock seems to have
some sort of fusion crust, also the core is bubble like, a lighter shade of
rust color with white pigments slightly throughout the core. It looks to be
one of those rare lunar meteorites. " [The rock appears to be a piece
A Story Sent to Me
"Many years ago a friend and his buddies, who were mischievous
lads in a rural area, found an old yoke from a lawnmower. Pondering what
to do with such a find, he came up with the idea of making a giant
slingshot. They found some truly huge rubber bands and collected a stash
of appropriate sized stones, and they managed to
rig up the device in an abandoned field outside town. They disported themselves
on a fine morning by launching their missiles idly into the air until
they became bored, then wandered off in search of fresh amusement. The
next day, there was a story in the local paper about a mysterious hail of
rocks from the sky. No one was hurt, but several cars suffered some
"I have this rock that fell in my
driveway today. My first thought from about 20 feet away was that it was
some sort of compacted fecal matter that fell from an air craft. If it is
that, I am sorry that I have wasted your time. The sound it made when it
fell can only be described as a loud thwomp. Roughly 5 seconds after I
heard the sound, I opened my front door. (I happened to be standing next to
said front door, picking my son up.) There was nobody outside. After taking
a picture of it from roughly 3 feet away from it, I put my son to bed,
returned and took another picture from one foot away. Those are in the
other email I sent you."
"It was in the evening around 6:30 -
7:00pm that I heard a bang on my bedroom glass louver and bang on the floor
as the rock landed on the bedroom floor. My immediate reaction was that
someone threw a rock at the house. Upon inspection I discovered this rock
the size of a match box, grey in colour, dense
and rather unique. Am suspicious it might be a meteorite."
"I recently found this going through
some of my mother’s things she left me after passing away, she told me she
dug this up out of her flower garden this object fell from the sky around
1962... it penetrated the awning of our home one evening , the next morning
she noticed the hole in the awning and dug this out of the hole it created
in her flower bed..."
"I've heard a loud bang and I saw it
right the way!!! - the pieces (2) just flew into my terrace. I was standing
on the patio with my son, my son saw it as well!!! It just dropped in front
of our faces...!!!!"
"I was up watching the shower, then
as I was going to bed I heard a loud whoosh, and a
thud as something hit the earth. There were no neighbourhood
boys who could have thrown objects. The next morning
I went into the garden to see what fell there, and saw nothing, but a hole
in the soft soil about eight inches deep. This rock was at the bottom of
"My grandmother gave me this rock
about 30 years ago. She grew up in White County, Indiana and told me that
they woke up one morning and found a crater in the yard. My grandfather dug
this up out of the crater."
"I live in Lotus, CA and have
attached a picture of a meteorite I found on my driveway on 4/29/12. It has
been confirmed by a geologist from UNLV, and weighed, per attached photo.
I’m not sure what to do with this. The geologist offered me $2,000 cash on
the spot." [This one probably is a meteorite, from the meteor that was
seen in daylight on 4/25/2012 in northern California.]
"several nights ago we were awakened
by a loud "boom" and went out to investigate with flashlights but
could only find branches which had been sheared off, later that day in
daylight we saw the pathway of this meteorite that crashed into a large
tree shearing and splitting limbs and landing and penetrating a shed
Suspected meteorite was concrete lump that fell from passing plane
A suspected meteorite that landed on a cricket pitch was in fact a
lump of concrete probably dislodged from the bottom of a passing
aircraft, experts have concluded.
July 30, 2010
The lump of rock was initially
thought to have been the first extra-terrestrial object to land on
Britain for almost two decades.
and Richard Haynes were watching Sussex play Middlesex at Uxbridge when
the rock landed inside the boundary rope, split in two and popped up and
hit Mr Marszal, a
51-year-old IT consultant, in the chest.
At the time he said:
"It was travelling really fast.
"It was definitely not
a stone thrown by a member of the crowd. It must have been part of a
"We can't think of
anything else it could have been. It is a rocky type of substance."
Such was the interest
generated by their account that the pair even received a call from
87-year-old astronomy expert Sir Patrick Moore.
But on Thursday, Dave
Harris of the British and Irish Meteroite
Society revealed the rock did not appear to have fallen from space.
He said: "I'm afraid
it's nothing more than a piece of Portland cement with flecks of brick
dust and flint in it.
"It is most probably
something that fell off the undercarriage of a plane. It was not like a
meteorite at all."
The piece of cement was
also sent to renowned planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger, the leader of the Beagle Mars lander
project in 2003, who came to the same conclusion.
Mr Marszal said: "I had never
seen a meteorite before so didn't know what one looked like
but it came down from the sky and I couldn't think what else it could
"I am disappointed but
in some ways I glad it's all over and we now
know what it is."
"My wife and I awoke around 12:14
Friday morning to an extremely bright flashing light outside of our window.
We thought they were EMS lights at first. I looked out of our window and
saw a small object in the middle of our paved road ... It was flashing a
white flame and smoking, I assumed someone had thrown some sort of
fireworks out of a car. Upon closer inspection later Friday morning, I
found a small rock on the road where I saw the light. The rock is very
dense, has a black "crust" like it has been burnt, and is
slightly magnetic. Do you think this could be a meteorite?"
"I've attached some photos of two
meteorites that struck and broke through the front deck of my house last
"Three weeks ago, my family and I
were spending the weekend in our beach house, pacific shore in Guatemala,
it was mid-day and we all were around the pool, suddenly we heard a really
strong bang in the air, kind of like gunshots and then this rock bounced
hard and fast in the cement floor and went into the pool, it hit first the
roof which has a 45 degree angle, in which i
assume the banging noise was made, thank God it didn't hit any of us. The
noise was so hard that the maintenance guy came from the other side of the
house sure that shots have been fired. My daughter took it out from the
water and the first thing that got to my attention was that it was very
dark (black) with little white specs, and a couple of dark red specs as
well on it, and heavy for its size."
"Well, I walk down there 1 day and nobody goes down there it's fresh snow laid out.
Well the pond had a big [redacted] hole in the middle and it cracked from
side to side in web form the pond is about a half acre.
Then I found a hole in the snow with this in it. ... Now this is 100
percent for a fact, it did fall from the sky. ... There is no way nobody
put it there because there was a hole in the snow & there was no
footprints around for miles. Only way is if someone dropped it out of a
"A colleague and I were in front of
my store on Friday night/Saturday morning, and during the middle of our
discussion we heard and felt something land right next to us in the parking
lot. We both immediately reacted to it as though something was thrown at
us, but there were no people or vehicles around. During our reaction, there
seemed to be more pieces falling, and both of our reactions were akin to it
“raining” objects from the sky. After the noise of falling objects stopped,
we noticed the larger rock (of the three samples that I have gathered)
laying adjacent to us. This rock was wedged in between the asphalt of the
parking lot and the cement of the curb leading to the walkway in front of
my store. I mentioned to my colleague that something had hit my knee (I was
sitting at the time of the impact) and we immediately noticed another
fragment on the walkway next to my stool. Finally, we spotted a third
fragment to our left, also on the asphalt. After discussing what the rocks
could be, we felt as though a single rock had impacted near us and then
broke into fragments, explaining the “raining” effect that we had
considered. Upon coming to this conclusion, we decided to investigate the
general direction from where we had heard the initial impact, and we
quickly found what looked to be a pair of impact trails. We took a photo of
one of the trails (a linear pile of powdered debris) and that was the end
of the night. Observations: After looking at the rocks immediately upon discovery,
I felt as though they resembled cement or concrete."
Toms River Man Learns Mysterious Rock That Landed in His Yard is
Not a Meteorite
By HARTRIONO B.
October 6, 2010
TOMS RIVER — The mysterious
rock that almost conked township resident Salvadore
D'Addario on the head a year ago is still that:
Experts from the
planetariums at Ocean County College, here, and Raritan Valley Community
College in Branchburg said Wednesday it most definitely is not a
"It's molded. It
doesn't have the right shape, nor does it have burn marks," said
William P. McClain, a Raritan Valley planetarium instructor who has a
background in geology and meteorology.
Shrugging his shoulders,
McClain concluded, "It's a piece of something."
In July 2009, D'Addario had been cutting his backyard when a
3-pound rock of something landed near him.
"I looked around to
see if someone was throwing rocks from across the lagoon, but there was
no one there," D'Addario said.
D'Addario said the object was warm to the touch — also
an indication that it did not originate from beyond the Earth's
"If it came from
space, it would have been ice cold," said Gloria A. Villalobos,
director of Robert J. Novins Planetarium at
Ocean County College.
That is, an object falling
through the atmosphere eventually is slowed by atmospheric friction,
quelling any fireballs — although the "slow speed" is relative.
Linda Welzenbach, a Smithsonian Institution
geologist and meteorite scientist, estimated that one meteorite that hit
a Lorton, Va., doctor's office in January had a terminal velocity of 200
mph. By contrast, a skydiver reaches a terminal velocity of about 120
Villalobos also showed Sal D'Addario and his wife, Arleen, some of the college's
meteorites. They all were rounded, had thumb-sized dimples from tumbling
through the atmosphere and were attracted to a magnet, Villalobos pointed
By contrast, D'Addario's rock was blocky, had no
"crust," as would be evident in an iron meteorite, and does not
stick to a magnet. There is also an equally mysterious square-shaped
impression, as if made by one end of an Allen wrench.
It also is probable that
the material did not come from a spent rocket booster or satellite or
fall off a plane. D'Addario's rock is heavy for
its size, possibly indicating a lead-based composition. It can be
scratched by a key, which means it is a soft metal. The aerospace
industry generally uses aluminum or titanium, lightweight but strong
McClain and Villalobos
suggested that D'Addario take the specimen to a
geology laboratory, where scientists can take pieces of it and analyze
its composition. D'Addario said he will follow
through with the suggestion.
"You may not find out
where it came from, but at least you can find out what it is," said
Marc Schneider, an Ocean County College planetarium volunteer who brings
meteorites to various schools.
"I live in Tucson, AZ on the Air
Force base, Tuesday morning I heard a loud thud hit my garage, I didn't
think much of it until I was about to walk my dog and found a rock sitting
in my drive way. I brought it into the house. Later on
when school was out my daughter came home and said it was a moon
"Day before yesterday around noon
while having tea with a friend on my back patio, I heard a "pop"
behind me, and almost instantly something smacked hard into the concrete
just behind my chair and then went whizzing across the patio and into the
grass. It came from the upside of a steep hill just behind my house and
after looking at the ballistics, it appears to have skipped off of rocks and
perhaps a gravel road before reaching my patio."
"Yesterday walking to my son's track
meet i saw this rock fall from the sky (others
saw it to) it hit the curb in the parking lot and broke in half."
"Many years ago
a friend and his buddies, who were mischievous lads in a rural area, found
an old yoke from a lawnmower. Pondering what to do with such a find, he
came up with the idea of making a giant slingshot. They found some truly
huge rubber bands and collected a stash of appropriate
sized stones, and they managed to rig up the device in an abandoned field
outside town. They disported themselves on a fine morning by launching
their missiles idly into the air until they became bored, then wandered off
in search of fresh amusement. The next day, there was a story in the local
paper about a mysterious hail of rocks from the sky. No one was hurt, but
several cars suffered some damage."
"Yesterday afternoon my wife and I
were sitting in my backyard in Independence Kansas. We had our patio
umbrellas up and heard a sound not unlike really fine sand raining down on
the umbrellas and a nearly simultaneous thud on the roof which is directly
beside the umbrellas. This rock rolled between us."
"One Night, I saw a flame blue and
yellow coming from the sky very very fast and
them landed in the beach, I hear a big noise and I went to see what
happened it was about 23 hours I was closing my shop near the beach, I went
to the beach and I saw a big hole I started to dig and I did not find
anything I went home and I was thinking all night about it. The next day I
went to the same place about 6 AM and I started to dig and after 2 hours I
found one small black stone I was digging more and after 30 minutes I found
other Black Stone square, small one side is concave."
A Good "Thud" Story”
About 2 weeks ago, the family and I
decided to go out for gelato. I took the dog out to pee,
and was standing about 5 feet from my car. It was evening, sunny,
calm wind. Suddenly, a loud crash hit the sunroof of my car, splaying
glass on the dog and I. Honestly, I thought it was a gunshot...after all,
we live in New Orleans. After ducking and waiting for the next shot which
did not come, I approached the car.
Now you have to understand at this
point, that I have only had the car back in my possession for about a
week since a tree fell through the sunroof during the "tropical
depression" that blew through here.
Anyway, as I went to the car, my
husband came out of the house with our disabled daughter to go to the
gelato joint. I told him what happened and he
climbed up to survey the damage. In the middle of the sunroof was a hole
the size of a rock, and it hit with enough force to crack the edges of
the sunroof...the rock had gone through and was lodged under the glass.
Now, do I believe that a meteorite hit
my car, parked in the driveway, minding its own business just a week or
so of having a new sunroof put it...no. But, do I think a kid (there are
none around) could have lobbed the rock with that much force to shatter
So, here I am writing to you to
ask...what the hell happened???
Rock fragments found in the car. These rocks are not pieces of a meteorite. They don't have the rounded,
aerodynamic shape of a meteorite, they don't have a fusion crust, and
they seem to have vugs (holes). Stony meteorites
are solid, with no large vugs or vesicles.