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New Zealand - confirmed meteorite crashes into house.

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posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 07:38 PM

Space relic falls into living room

Jun 12, 2004

A solid black lump that crashed into an Auckland family's living room has turned out to be a huge windfall.

Experts have confirmed it is the ninth meteorite to be found in New Zealand.

They say the new owners of the space rock can expect collectors from around the world to be calling.

It was a fairly normal Saturday morning at the Archer household until the four billion-year-old rock made an appearance at around 9:00.

"There was just a huge explosion and we looked around and there was just dust everywhere," says Brenda Archer.

What they didn't expect to find was a very hot rock.

"I don't know what to make of it, it's unbelievable. I'm just glad no one was sitting on the couch because they just would have got absolutely crowned," she says.

The specialists were doubting at first but once they saw it they were convinced it was a meteorite.

"I did a bit of checking and I thought maybe there'd been a meteor shower or something, but there's been nothing at this time of year," says Jennie McCormick of the Stardome Observatory.

The rock weighs in at 1.3 kilograms. Scientists won't know exactly where it comes from until it is fully examined.

Grant Christie from the Stardome Observatory says there will be dealers on the next plane offering the Archers cash for their rock.

And Joel Schiff of Auckland University says the story adds value to the find.

"Falling through a roof is really an exceptional event that rarely happens, and this is a beautiful large specimen."

It is likely to be named the Ellerslie meteorite after the suburb it was found in.

Astronomers say people should check the garden because it may not be the only one.


posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 07:49 PM

And actually, reading the Topic subject line, I didn't know that meteorites had been accepted into the Catholic Church. That's progress for you.

posted on Jun, 12 2004 @ 07:51 PM
erm.... does anyone think this has anything to do with the '3 impacts' thing from aussie bloke?? weird..............

posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 01:31 AM
I suppose it could be a herald of that but AussieBloke is a confirmed hoax. Besides that, Meteorites fall to the Earth every day....something in the number of tons of space rocks/debris falls yearly I think ( I could be wrong in that though.) Don't worry...if there are 3 impacts comming then it's way to late to worry about it. Take a lawnchair out to ground zero and enjoy the show.


posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 01:32 AM
On second thought...I have a good friend that lives in Wellington (across the island from Auckland) and he hasn't heard anything about the impact yet. Now, thats odd!

posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 01:44 AM

Originally posted by Adian00
On second thought...I have a good friend that lives in Wellington (across the island from Auckland)

Well I doubt that it's that close, the Skipper and Gilligan could not walk it in two weeks.

Actually I hear that things drop out of the sky on Auckland all the time, including pieces of planes... I bet there must be some good things that land too.

posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 01:55 AM
Thats 2 meteorites in a week!
It was on the national news with pics etc as well.

Just coincidences thats all ....

posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 01:58 AM

You have a veritable bombardment a-foot!

posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 01:59 AM
Apparently god isn't a big fan of Kiwis.

Probably because he is an aussie and lives in melbourne I guess.

posted on Jun, 13 2004 @ 02:18 AM
Is God English?
And being vengeful over our massive thumping of the English rugby team?
Afterall He would have known in advance...

posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 12:09 PM
Looks like Aussie Bloke got it again....duh...I don't wanna die....

posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 02:57 PM
these types of incidents happen all the time, just seems their not in the news or we don't pay attention to them.

On November 30, 1954, Alabama housewife Ann Hodges was taking a nap on her couch when she was awakened by a 3-pound (1.4-kilogram) meteor that crashed through the roof of her house, bounced off a piece of furniture (just like the NZ incident) and struck her in the hip, causing a large bruise.

On October 9, 1992, a large fireball was seen streaking over the eastern United States, finally exploding into many pieces. In Peekskill, New York, one of the pieces struck a Chevrolet automobile owned by Michelle Knapp. Knapp was not in the car at the time, but heard the crash and ran out to her driveway to find a hole punched clear through the trunk of her car and a warm 26-pound (12-kilogram) meteorite lying under the vehicle. But things turned out well in the end -- her old and rather run-down automobile instantly became a collectors item and later sold for tens of thousands of dollars.

although no human has ever been killed by falling meteors some animals have bit the bullet:
In 1860, in Ohio, a horse reportedly died after being struck by a meteor.
In 1911 a dog was killed in Egypt.

link for more info:

posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 08:20 AM
Ahahahah ok, I'm just sick, sorry but I just can't really imagine a horse being struck by a meteor.

[edit on 15/6/2004 by k33l]

posted on Jun, 15 2004 @ 01:45 PM
Heres another link to information about the Metorite, how many meteorites are there?? I'm starting to think something is coming for us!!!


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