Extraterrestrial Visitor

Shankari Nageswaran is still trying to reconcile to her extraterrestrial visitor: “The fact that something from outer space hit our house … it’s overwhelming.”

Srinivasan Nageswaran points to a hole in the ceiling of his bathroom in Freehold Township, N.J., that was caused by a meteorite

The Nageswarans discovered a hole in the ceiling of their home in Freehold, N.J., made by a sparkling, metallic object, about the size of a golf ball on the night of Jan 2.

Geologists have since confirmed that the 13-ounce rock is an iron meteorite, one of some 50 that hit the Earth annually. Most of these meteorites end up in the ocean or uninhabited areas, but one or two hit buildings every year. To date, only 5,000 meteorites have been found.

A Meteorite specimen on sale on e Bay for $50,000

Meteorites can fetch thousands of dollars, but the Nageswarans have yet to decide what to do with theirs, which is currently locked up in their bank. Guess it won’t be flying on eBay – yet.

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