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Aug 19, 2014 10:45 PM

possible meteorite?

I was trying to see if it is possible that a rock my daughter claims to have seen as it landed in our street, is a meteorite?

 

This happened on Tuesday 12 of August, the night of the meteorite showers. We watched the stars and then after I put her to bed, she said she saw something orange landing in the street.

She told her brother at the time, but he was then in bed, so he did not chek it out.

 

Next morning she asked me if a rock that fell from the sky would be hot, or wheather it would be safe to touch it. When we got back later that day, after heavy rain, she rememberd about the thing she saw falling and she asked me if she could go and get her meteorite.

 

I told her not such thing was possible, but in she came with the rock I am attaching pictures of. I did check on my neighbours pebbled driveways, but the rock does not match this one.

 

Is it possible that this rock fell from the sky that night?

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    Aug 20, 2014 8:12 AM (in response to Laura)
    Re: possible meteorite?

    Unfortunately, we have to tell her that specimen is not a meteorite.

     

    Meteorites only rarely contain holes (vesicles), and then not like this.

    The specimen is highly vesicular. This sort of material can arise naturally (lava with a lot of gas can solidify this way; see scoria) or as an industrial by-product (which sometimes gets used for paths or the foundation of roads).

    It is actually difficult to tell which type you have from such a hand-specimen.

     

    Regarding meteorites, a couple of relevant links:

    - http://meteorites.wustl.edu/realities.htm

    - http://meteorites.wustl.edu/id/vesicles.htm

     

    Mike

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