Scientists: Rock that hit New Jersey home is 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite
Wednesday, May 17, 2023
Suzy Kop brought the meteorite toto determine if it was an extraterrestrial object. Shannon Graham and Nathan Magee, both of The College's physics department, performed tests, such as measuring the rock's density and inspecting it with an .
Early analysis suggested the rock is an, a stony meteorite containing small amounts of iron. Police initially speculated the meteorite was involved in the meteor shower. However, Sky & Telescope concluded this was not the case after analyzing the meteorite's path.
Kop noticed the warm black rock on her father's bedroom floor about 12:30 PM (). She found two holes in the ceiling, which scientists determined the meteorite created when it impacted the house at high speed and bounced off the floor. Kop contacted the police, who sent a hazmat team, which determined the rock was not dangerously radioactive.
The impact did not injure anyone.
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- AP. "E xperts: Warm object that crashed into NJ bedroom was 4.5 billion-year-old meteorite" — , May 14, 2023
- Meredith Deliso. "Scientists confirm meteorite crash-landed into New Jersey home" — , May 12, 2023