Stargazing: Meteorite crashes through roof in Wolcott, Conn.

April 24, 2013 at 08:49 AM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Yale scientist says a rock that crashed through the roof of a home in Wolcott was a meteorite.

Police say resident Larry Bech called them Saturday morning to report that his home had been damaged by a falling rock the night before.

Authorities suspected the object was a piece of runway from a nearby airport.

But Stefan Nicolescu, the collections manager for the Mineralogy Division at the Yale Peabody Museum, examined the rock and tells WVIT-TV (http://bit.ly/Zjhs3t ) it is a meteorite.

Nicolescu says the meteorite likely comes from the Lyrids meteor shower, which happens every year at this time when Earth crosses the orbit of comet Thatcher.

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Information from: WVIT-TV, http://www.nbcconnecticut.com


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