[meteorite-list] "A curious find" (related to Australian incident on Dec. 6th)
Darren Garrison cynapse at charter.net
Thu Dec 9 01:10:44 EST 2004
A curious find Wednesday, 8 December 2004 "I THINK I might have a few pieces of the meteorite." An excited Dianne Slaven contacted the Times yesterday morning, after she and her sons collected some curiosities in their Wingham yard. "I remembered kicking this black rock off the path. It wasn't until I went to squash last night that I heard people talking about what had happened. "When I went home I again found the rock, and the kids found two more on the lawn." The fragments have all the telltale signs of coming from anywhere but local. They are misshapen, and leave sooty marks on your hands. The largest measures about 10cms, the smallest is about 5cm. They weren't embedded in the ground, as one would expect if they had hurtled from the sky after Monday morning's meteor 'explosion' over the Manning. Dianne and her sons admit to sleeping through the commotion which woke most Manning residents shortly after 4.15am. Yesterday, the Times had a local amateur astronomer, Peter Langdown, check the pieces the family collected. Peter told Dianne he believed the pieces could possibly be from a meteor and has recommended she get in touch with the Sydney Observatory, which will conduct tests to determine their origin. Even if they can't be authenticated, young Mitchell (10), Reece (eight) and Jai (five) will certainly have something interesting to take to 'show and tell' at Wingham Public School.
Further investigation required: Dianne Slaven with the rocks she found after the meteorite blasted through Manning skies on Monday morning. They will now go to Sydney for further investigation.
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