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