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.