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FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP — The mysterious object that shot through the roof of a two-story home earlier this week was identified by scientists as a meteorite, police said Friday.
But the fate of the extraterrestrial mass, likely formed with the solar system some 4.6 billion years ago, has emerged as another unknown in the case of the second known meteorite to fall in New Jersey.
Its new owners, a married couple with a son, expressed some interest in putting the meteorite on a small-scale tour so local schoolchildren could see it, said Jeremy Delaney, a Rutgers University meteoriticist who was among four scientists who identified the object for police and later met the family.
Eventually the family will have to decide whether to keep the meteorite, give it to an academic institution such as a museum or sell it to a collector.
What's for sure is that the object will be in high demand.
Rarely on landings do meteorites come in contact with people. So when they do, the space artifacts are connected with a story that generates interest all around.
The American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., both of which have extensive meteorite collections, likely will have interest, Delaney said.
Depending on the rarity of a given meteorite, researchers sometimes spend several years looking at the same chunk that fell from space.
"By looking at these objects, we have the ability to explore our deep, deep past," Delaney said. "Meteorites have given scientists clues about life on Mars and the rest of our solar system."