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Scientist Say NJ Object Is Meteorite
The Guardian (UK) ^ | 1-5-2006

Posted on 01/05/2007 4:06:36 PM PST by blam

Scientists Say NJ Object Is Meteorite

Friday January 5, 2007 11:16 PM

FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A mysterious rocklike object that crashed through the roof of a home and landed in the bathroom was a meteorite, experts said Friday.

For now, scientists are calling the dense metallic object ``Freehold Township'' after the place where it fell. It's about the size of a golf ball but weighs about 13 ounces, as much of a can of soup. Magnets held near it are attracted to it.

Rutgers University geologists Jeremy Delaney, Gail Ashley and Claire Condie and Peter Elliott, an independent metallurgist who studied the object, determined it was an iron meteorite because of its density, magnetic properties, markings and coloration.

It belongs to the family whose home was hit, but it is being kept for now in a secure location, according to Freehold Township police.

Police have not released the name of the homeowner nor identified the neighborhood where the home is located, but have said the object bounced off bathroom tiles and embedded in a wall.

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: meteor; meteorite; newjersey; scientists

1 posted on 01/05/2007 4:06:37 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Joe Dirt's home perhaps?


2 posted on 01/05/2007 4:07:45 PM PST by scottdeus12 (Jesus is real, whether you believe in Him or not.)
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To: blam
the object bounced off bathroom tiles and embedded in a wall.

Bushfault
3 posted on 01/05/2007 4:09:13 PM PST by Republicus2001
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To: blam
What else would it be?

Unless your neighbor has a home made trebuchet.
4 posted on 01/05/2007 4:09:44 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream, that sees beyond the years)
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To: blam
It's probably worth the amount of the damage...
5 posted on 01/05/2007 4:09:56 PM PST by johnny7 ("We took a hell of a beating." -'Vinegar Joe' Stilwell)
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To: blam
[Police] have said the object bounced off bathroom tiles and embedded in a wall.

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball!

-PJ

6 posted on 01/05/2007 4:10:31 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: blam

So when's the big one going to land on Trenton, heh heh.


7 posted on 01/05/2007 4:10:57 PM PST by ScottfromNJ
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To: blam

Unconfirmed reports indicate that witnesses heard a sound emanating from the sky just before the meteorite struck. "It sounded a lot like somebody yelled, 'Fore,'" one witness said.


8 posted on 01/05/2007 4:11:15 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: blam
It belongs to the family whose home was hit, but it is being kept for now in a secure location

Henceforth to be forever known as Cheneyite.
9 posted on 01/05/2007 4:11:55 PM PST by cripplecreek (Peace without victory is a temporary illusion.)
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To: blam

A meteorite?! I am shocked!


10 posted on 01/05/2007 4:12:02 PM PST by RobRoy (Islam is a greater threat to the world today than Nazism was in 1938.)
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To: ScottfromNJ
Bite your tongue. A meteor on Trenton would very well hit part of Lawrenceville (where I am typing these very words).

Now if it would take out Camden, that would be a different story.

11 posted on 01/05/2007 4:13:07 PM PST by Clemenza (Put down that coffee! Coffee is for closers!)
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To: blam

did anyone see what was thought to be the meteor shower the other night that turned out to be a rocket burning up as it reentered the atmosphere? I saw a piece of it shoot across the sky- I thought it was a meteor until I saw the news- it was really cool- had a long fire trail and went across the sky nice and slow- had a real good view of it http://sacredscoop.com


12 posted on 01/05/2007 4:18:54 PM PST by CottShop
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To: blam

Ebay.


13 posted on 01/05/2007 4:19:39 PM PST by Graymatter
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To: blam
The important thing is, we had to get this news from the BBC.
14 posted on 01/05/2007 4:19:51 PM PST by Hawk1976 (Vince Mcmahon '08)
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To: blam

NJ muslims flocked to worship.


15 posted on 01/05/2007 4:23:33 PM PST by TASMANIANRED (All I want for Christmas is a new tag line.)
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To: CottShop

We see those now and then over Fairbanks. They come out of the west headed low and slow more or less directly east. For color they often have orange, sometimes green and have bright knots along the trail (very long trail). They are Russian booster rockets that reach low orbit, usually second stage, and return to earth in a day or so.


16 posted on 01/05/2007 4:24:49 PM PST by RightWhale
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To: blam

It's time for Buckaroo Banzai to go into action.


17 posted on 01/05/2007 4:26:02 PM PST by Tribune7 (Conservatives hold bad behavior against their leaders. Dims don't.)
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To: johnny7
It's probably worth the amount of the damage...

Before taxes.

18 posted on 01/05/2007 4:26:05 PM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: RightWhale

yeah this one went from north to south-ish- maybe south-west-ish- but yeah it was low and slow- really cool to watch


19 posted on 01/05/2007 4:31:51 PM PST by CottShop
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To: blam
Meteorite activity will increase to catastrophic levels as Global Warming accelerates - Al Gore.
20 posted on 01/05/2007 4:34:52 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: CottShop

It's too bad it didn't hit Drumthwackit. :^)


21 posted on 01/05/2007 4:36:11 PM PST by sean_og
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To: scottdeus12

"Magnets held near it are attracted to it."

Ohhhh, now that's scary Boys and Girls!


22 posted on 01/05/2007 4:37:59 PM PST by FastCoyote
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To: blam
I find it interesting that every single journalist and TV reporter does not say that the object weighs 13 oz or "almost a pound", they all report that it weighs "as much as a can of soup".

Obviously all journalists know how serious it is to be hit by a can of soup. They relate to that one.

23 posted on 01/05/2007 4:49:04 PM PST by Sender ("Great powers should never get involved in the politics of small tribes.")
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To: colorado tanker

Do you have the source for that quote? I have someone I'd love to share it with.


24 posted on 01/05/2007 4:52:52 PM PST by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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To: FastCoyote
"Magnets held near it are attracted to it." Ohhhh, now that's scary Boys and Girls!

Better believe it! THis is New Jersey. They might pass laws to allow civil unions between meteorites and magnets that feel that certain attraction for each other. Who are you to judge, they'll say!

25 posted on 01/05/2007 5:03:32 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: blam

Are they getting fluid ounces mixed up with ounces of weight, or did they actually weigh a can of soup?


26 posted on 01/05/2007 5:07:46 PM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality)
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To: RightWhale

The first swords were made from meteorites.


27 posted on 01/05/2007 5:07:49 PM PST by blam
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To: 1rudeboy
Anyone get to see the cartoon in today's Star Ledger.

Two aliens with baseball bats in their hands are ringing the bell to the house saying.......Can we have our ball back.....

28 posted on 01/05/2007 5:19:15 PM PST by OldFriend (THE PRESS IS AN EVIL FOR WHICH THERE IS NO REMEDY)
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To: OldFriend
"Anyone get to see the cartoon in today's Star Ledger."

I went to the Star Ledger and couldn't find the cartoon.

29 posted on 01/05/2007 5:32:27 PM PST by blam
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To: Political Junkie Too

The "ball"'s shadow is on the wrong side. It should be at ~ 5 o'clock...


30 posted on 01/05/2007 5:34:34 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: blam
And James Black supposedly included meteoritic iron in the Bowie knife...
31 posted on 01/05/2007 5:38:37 PM PST by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Tanniker Smith

hmmmm.....not too far from Grover's Mill. Maybe they are finally really coming..


32 posted on 01/05/2007 5:58:43 PM PST by Aussiebabe
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To: 1rudeboy
Unconfirmed reports indicate that witnesses heard a sound emanating from the sky just before the meteorite struck. "It sounded a lot like somebody yelled, 'Fore,'" one witness said.

Gerald Ford getting back on the course.

< }B^)

33 posted on 01/05/2007 6:01:08 PM PST by Erasmus (Now Erasmus' sums are won.)
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To: Aussiebabe

Hmmmmm, any explosions witnessed on the surface of Mars recently?? I wonder how the Rover is doing...


34 posted on 01/05/2007 7:18:20 PM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: BenLurkin

I've got one but I'm in IL. Man that thing must have some range on it huh ?


35 posted on 01/05/2007 8:17:04 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: Sam Cree
Are they getting fluid ounces mixed up with ounces of weight, or did they actually weigh a can of soup?

At Campbell's at least, the number of ounces printed on the label is weight not volume.

36 posted on 01/05/2007 8:36:25 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Tanniker Smith
Hmmmmm, any explosions witnessed on the surface of Mars recently?

Funny you should ask...

37 posted on 01/05/2007 8:39:53 PM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Tribune7
It's time for Buckaroo Banzai to go into action.

John Bigbooty has a different opinion about that.

Besides, the scientist is wrong; it's just a piece off a Yoyodyne booster vehicle.

38 posted on 01/05/2007 10:28:42 PM PST by ApplegateRanch (Islam: a Satanically Transmitted Disease, spread by unprotected intimate contact with the Koranus.)
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To: jiggyboy

Thanks. Probably I'm the one getting the 2 kinds of ounces mixed up.


39 posted on 01/06/2007 7:09:41 AM PST by Sam Cree (absolute reality)
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To: ApplegateRanch
John Bigboote', if you please. ;-)
40 posted on 01/06/2007 7:16:16 AM PST by Jonah Hex ("How'd you get that scar, mister?" "Nicked myself shaving.")
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To: ApplegateRanch

Remember -- no matter where you go, threre you are.


41 posted on 01/06/2007 7:23:53 AM PST by Tribune7 (Conservatives hold bad behavior against their leaders. Dims don't.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

And that's BigbooTAY


42 posted on 01/06/2007 7:26:01 AM PST by Tribune7 (Conservatives hold bad behavior against their leaders. Dims don't.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

And that's BigbooTAY


43 posted on 01/06/2007 7:26:03 AM PST by Tribune7 (Conservatives hold bad behavior against their leaders. Dims don't.)
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To: blam

The Greek word for iron is sideros meaning from the sky. The Egyptian hieroglyph for iron is sky + crucible.


44 posted on 01/06/2007 9:21:19 AM PST by RightWhale
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To: dangerdoc
Sorry - I made up the quote. But it does sound like something Algore would say, doesn't it?
45 posted on 01/08/2007 9:22:59 AM PST by colorado tanker
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To: blam

Whatever ya do...
DON'T TOUCH TH' MEATY-YER!

46 posted on 01/08/2007 9:33:13 AM PST by uglybiker (A bunch of radical Unitarians left a flaming question mark on my lawn!)
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To: colorado tanker

Post that quote in enough places and it becomes the truth, or at least that's how the MSM sees it.


47 posted on 01/08/2007 7:34:28 PM PST by dangerdoc (dangerdoc (not actually dangerous any more))
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