Scientist: Rock That Hit California Home is Meteorite

October 23, 2012

A scientist says a 2-inch rock that hit a Novato home is a chunk of the meteor that lit up the Northern California skies this past week.

Peter Jenniskens of the SETI Institute in Mountain View says Sunday that it’s the first confirmed meteorite after a fireball streaked over the San Francisco Bay area on Wednesday.

The homeowner told the San Francisco Chronicle she had heard an object fall on her roof that night, but didn’t go look for it until she had read that the meteor would be found in her area.

Lisa Webber said she went searching through her yard and found the gray rock on Saturday. She said she and her neighbor’s son put a magnet to the rock and they stuck together.

Webber says it feels like “the heavens coming down.”

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