Monday, October 22, 2012

Meteorite From Calif. Fireball Found

Meteorite Found! Fragment of California Fireball Hit House

Date: 22 October 2012 Time: 09:23 AM ET
The dent in a roof caused by a meteorite from the Oct. 17, 2012.
The dent in a roof caused by a meteorite from the Oct. 17, 2012, fireball over Northern California is identified by Luis Rivera, the neighbor of Lisa Webber who found the meteorite after it struck her Novata, Calif., home.
CREDIT: P. Jenniskens SETI Institute/NASA ARC

A meteorite from a fireball that lit up the night sky over Northern California last week hit the roof of a Novato house and landed in the backyard, scientists say.

Homeowner Lisa Webber, a nurse at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, found the space rock

Saturday (Oct. 20), after reading an article about the dazzling Oct. 17 fireball in the San Francisco Chronicle. She recalled hearing a sound on her roof the night the meteor was reported and went searching behind her house, where she found a 2.2 ounce (63 grams) stone.

Webber contacted Peter Jenniskens, head of the CAMS (Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance) project, which is jointly run by NASA and the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute. The CAMS project put out a public call for information on possible meteorite sightings soon after the fireball last week.

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