[meteorite-list] Suspected Meteorite Hits Illinois Home

From: Dave Freeman mjwy <dfreeman_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007 18:58:46 -0700
Message-ID: <45ECCAD6.6090005_at_fascination.com>

Dear List;]
Here is the email address of the photographer and story artist....
You may all wish to ask him to follow up on the story to either
disprove, or prove the rock in question.
dproeber at pantagraph.com
Dave Freeman

Ron Baalke wrote:

>Suspected meteorite hits Bloomington home
>By M.K. Guetersloh
>Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)
>March 5, 2007
>UPDATE 2:30 p.m. BLOOMINGTON - A Bloomington couple caught a falling
>star Monday morning not quite in their pockets but in a bedroom of their
>A chunk of metal that crashed through the bedroom window of David and
>Dee Riddle just after 9:30 a.m. appears may be a meteorite but it also
>could be a piece of space junk according to preliminary analysis by
>several Illinois State University geology professors.
>However, the professors who had a look at it agree that whatever the
>heavy, gray metal-based object that crashed through their window
>definitely came from space.
>Robert "Skip" Nelson, a professor of geology at ISU, came out to
>Riddles' home to take a look at the object, which is about the size and
>shape of deck of cards.
>Nelson said based on the density of the object, the metal could be an
>iron-nickel mixture or a heavy stainless steel. It is unlikely a
>satellite or spacecraft would contain metal that heavy and dense, Nelson
>"In my 36 years of investigating meteorite calls, this looks like the
>real thing," Nelson said.
>Nelson said to be sure the next step will be to call the United State
>Geological Survey's meteorite center in Flagstaff, Ariz.
>Because of the steep entry angle into the house and the speed the object
>crashed into the house, Nelson said is definitely was not a rock thrown
>at the window.
>Eric Peterson, an assistant professor of geology, calculated the speed
>the possible meteorite hit the home was at least 60 miles an hour.
>Dee Riddle, who runs a day-care out of their Partner Place house, said
>she heard the crash and felt the house shake around 9:30 a.m.
>"My first thought was a bathroom mirror fell so I immediately started
>looking," Riddle said. "That's when I found the hole in the mini-blinds
>and the broken window.
>"We were just lucky no one was sitting at the computer when it happened."
>In addition to breaking through the window, the possible meteorite hit
>the computer desk putting a hole through the particle board.
>Nelson said the last confirmed meteorite to hit Bloomington was in the
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