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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Mar 6, 2007 16:39:24 GMT -6
Home Gets Hit With Suspected Meteorite
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- When Dee Riddle heard breaking glass inside her central Illinois home on Monday morning, she first thought a bathroom mirror had shattered. But what had broken was a bedroom window and what had caused it to break was an object that had fallen from space, scientists called in to investigate concluded.
The small metallic object found near the window was most likely a meteorite, said Robert "Skip" Nelson, a geology professor at Illinois State University.
"In my 36 years of investigating meteorite calls, this looks like the real thing," he told the (Bloomington) Pantagraph.
The last confirmed meteorite to strike Bloomington was in the '30s, he said.
The grayish object -- about the size of a deck of cards -- was less likely to have come from a satellite or spacecraft, said Nelson and other experts, who also ruled out that it was thrown by someone standing outside the house.
It also crashed through a computer desk when it struck around 9:30 a.m., Riddle said.
"We were just lucky no one was sitting at the computer when it happened," she said.
The United State Geological Survey's meteorite center in Flagstaff, Ariz. also would take part in trying to positively identify the object, Nelson said.