It may have travelled thousands of kilometres
through space, been reduced from the size of a house to that
of a softball while burning up in Earth’s atmosphere, plonked
into the ocean off a Hawke’s Bay beach where it later washed
up to be pocketed by Masterton man Gordon Kibblewhite.
The strange, pimply object pictured is thought to be Masterton’s
own meteorite which Mr Kibblewhite contacted the Times-Age
about after reading of an Auckland family who had a 1.3kg asteroid
fragment crash through their roof and fall into their lounge
He said he has had the object for five years since finding
it on the beach, where he first thought is was a rusted cannonball.“ I
sent it to the Carter Observatory and they handed it on to
Victoria University but it could not be positively identified.” Mr
Kibblewhite said a letter from the university said it could
not be ascertained whether the object was a meteorite or not.
But Mr Kibblewhite is pretty sure it is and hopes experts interested
in the Auckland meteorite will contact him to shed some light
on his own mystery object.