[meteorite-list] Meteorite Found in Ohio?
Ron Baalke baalke at zagami.jpl.nasa.gov
Wed Dec 1 12:26:28 EST 2004
http://www.coshoctontribune.com/news/stories/20041201/localnews/1678211.html A local star gazer finds a fallen star By Jim Konkoly Coshocton Tribune (Ohio) December 1, 2004 COSHOCTON -- For the second time in her life, a falling star has come within a few yards of Phyllis Rice. "My heavens," she said last week when Coshocton High School science teacher Dan Zielinski examined the unusual rock she had found lodged in the screen of her patio door. Zielinski confirmed what Rice suspected. During the last meteor shower on the nights of Nov. 15 and 16, a small falling star hit the home of Phyllis and her husband Larry Rice at 1921 Adams Street. About a half inch in diameter, black on one side and a rusty, burnt orange color on the other, this rock has all the characteristics of a meteorite, said Zielinski, who teaches astronomy and other sciences at the high school and directs the planetarium at Central Elementary School. "I'm not the expert on meteorites," he added. "But I can say it's highly likely that this is a meteorite, a falling star, based on the texture and the color, and the angle of impact on the screen." For many years, Phyllis has enjoyed watching meteor showers, a hobby she began when daughters Lori and Sharon were growing up. "We'd take sleeping bags and lay them down on the deck so we could keep watch on the sky," she said. While she's seen many shooting stars streak across the night sky over the years, Phyllis didn't see the one that fell on her house. On the last night of the recent meteor shower, she checked the night sky occasionally up until midnight and then gave up when she hadn't seen any celestial activity. The next morning she discovered the unusual rock stuck in her screen door. Phyllis thinks the remnant of a shooting star would make a great object for one of her younger grandchildren to take to school for show and tell. For sure, it brought back a happy childhood memory for her. "When I was small, about 10 or 11, my mother and I were walking on North Eighth Street, and we saw a shooting star fall to the ground right in front of us," she said. Meteors are not rare, Zielinski said. "(On average), a shooting star occurs every eight seconds somewhere in the world," he said. But finding a meteorite is far from a common occurrence. "When I first saw it," Phyllis recalled, "I said, 'What in the world is this?'" Based on Zielinski's expertise, she learned that, almost certainly, it came from out of this world.
(Note: I contacted Mr Zielinski on 7/10/2005. He was unaware of any
attempt to properly verify that the object was actually a meteorite. kn)
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