Friday, October 26, 2012

Meteorite From California Fireball Is Meteor-wrong, Scientist Says

 

This rock, found in a Novato, Calif. woman's backyard, was thought to be a meteorite deposited by an Oct. 17, 2012 meteor, but is in fact just a rock.

 A rock thought to be a meteorite from a recent fireball seen over Northern California is in fact, just a regular Earth rock, scientists report.

The stone had excited researchers, as it seemed to present the first specimen deposited by a meteor that lit up the night sky over the San Francisco Bay Area on Oct. 17. Novato, Calif. resident Lisa Webber, a nurse at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, read about the fireball and recalled hearing a sound on her roof that night. Sure enough, she and neighbors found a ding on the roof and a likely-looking rock in her backyard.

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