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Apparent meteorite crashes through roof of home: "It was warm"​
A New Jersey family said they are thankful everyone is safe after an apparent meteorite crashed through their roof on Monday afternoon.

According to a statement released by the Hopewell Police Department, a "metallic object believed to be a meteorite" struck the roof of a ranch-style home. The oblong object, which police described as being about four inches by six inches, went through the roof and ceiling of the home before it "impacted the hardwood floor" and came to a stop.

An image released by police showed the space rock next to a damaged, cracked floor.

Suzy Kop, a resident of the home, told CBS Philadelphia that meteorite landed in her father's bedroom, but no one was home.

Police said that they have contacted several other agencies to positively identify the object and for help "safeguarding the residents and the object." They said that the object could be connected to an ongoing meteor shower called the Eta Aquariids, an event related to Halley's Comet that is visible from mid-April to late May and usually peaks around May 5 each year.
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I know a beach where there are iron rich rocks that look just like that. Maybe someone put a rock in the oven to heat it up, then did a GPS-guided drone-drop from a thousand feet at night, onto their enemies house. I wonder if an insurance company would refuse to pay out, on what appears to be an act of God.
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On the one hand, "warm" seems improbable. Meteorites don''t spend much time in the atmosphere.

On the other, I expect one meteorite to hit a roof in ths US every 40 years or so. So it's not so rare as to be nearly impossible, nor so common that we can come up with other examples.

On the other other hand, the Eta Aquariads are cometary and thus unlikel;y to have an iron meteorite.

And on the other other other hand, nobody heard nothing? I mean it's Jersey where people learn to keep their mouths shut, but still....
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On the other, I expect one meteorite to hit a roof in ths US every 40 years or so. So it's not so rare as to be nearly impossible, nor so common that we can come up with other examples.
There was apparently a claim of a meteorite hitting a home in California last year. But it's been disputed, although some folks caught a 'fireball' on dashcams, and a neighbor said he heard a loud bang and come out to see his neighbor's house on fire.

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One of the more famous of these extraterrestrial rock incidents occurred in 2010, when a half-pound meteorite struck a doctor's office in Virgina at up to 200 miles per hour.

"It went through the roof. It [went] through one wall partition and then passed through a particle board ceiling into the floor of an examination room," Linda Welzenbach, manager of the meteorite collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, told at the time.

More recently, a dog house that was hit by a meteorite in 2019 fetched more than $44,000 at a Christie's auction in New York. At the same sale, the actual rock that pierced a hole in the metal kennel sold for more than $21,000.

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As an aside, this would be worth a lot of money?
It is new, large (2.2lbs or a Kg in new money) AND rare.
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Rock that punched hole in New Jersey house confirmed to be 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite​

Chondrites are primitive rocks that make up 85% of meteorites found on Earth. Most chondrites found to date have been discovered in Antarctica; only rarely does one crash in populated areas.

The New Jersey rock, which is about 6 inches long by 4 inches wide (15 by 10 centimeters), is a notable exception. It slammed into the Hopewell Township house, dented the floorboard, punched two holes in the ceiling and was still warm when it was discovered by Suzy Kop in her father's bedroom around noon on Monday.

"I'm looking up on the ceiling and there's these two holes, and I'm like, 'What in the world has happened here?'" Kop said

At TCNJ, Magee's team consulted Jerry Delaney, a retired meteorite expert who had worked on the meteorite collection at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The team confirmed the space rock to be about 4.56 billion years old, which means it has been around since the beginning of our solar system and represents the leftover fragments from its creation.

Based on initial estimates, the meteorite is a chondrite of class LL-6, which has less iron than other members of its family and is at least 30 to 40% denser than the most common rocks on Earth, like slate or granite.
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Most chondrites found to date have been discovered in Antarctica; only rarely does one crash in populated areas.
That is because populated areas are rare. There is a difference between the random statistics of crash location, and the chance of being noticed for what they are.

Most meteorites come down in the ocean and so are hidden and lost.

We do not notice rocks that land on a solid surface, such as in a garden or forest, unless that surface has been modified, such as by building a neat and tidy town house with a thin roof. When a chondrite is found at the bottom of a suburban swimming pool, the locals are blamed for throwing the rock.

Meteorites that land on the snow and thick ice of Antarctica are not mixed with other rocks. They appear again at the surface thousands of years later, where and when the ice melts. That is a natural concentration mechanism in time and space, which makes it easier to find and collect samples on the surface.
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Rare green fireball explodes over Australia, creating bright flash visible for hundreds of miles
The space rock was likely quite small, between 1.6 and 3.2 feet (0.5 and 1 meter) across, and could have been traveling up to 93,000 mph (150,000 km/h), Brad Tucker, an astrophysicist at Australian National University in Canberra, told The Guardian. Any fragments that crashed to Earth would likely have been very small and were likely still frozen, he added.
Most bolides emit a white or yellow light when they explode. The unusual green flash of the meteor that exploded above Croydon was caused by a high concentration of metals such as iron and nickel in the meteor, Tucker said.

Similar green light can also be given off by fireball meteors, which are extremely bright meteors that break apart in Earth's atmosphere but do not explode with the same intensity. In August 2022, a green fireball was spotted above New Zealand, and in November 2022, another one crashed into Lake Ontario.

Bolides occur in Earth's atmosphere relatively frequently. Between July 2017 and January 2022, astronomers detected around 3,000 bolides, according to NASA's Earth Observatory. But observers on the ground witness only a few of these blasts each year, because most of the explosions happen away from populated areas or above the ocean.

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I havent heard any reports of people searching for meteorites or if anything has been found

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