The latest meteorite is about the size and shape of an avocado, weighing in at 1.6 pounds. The space rock smashed through a gutter and landed on the lawn of a Waterbury home. Although it was discovered on May 8th, the owners of the home are not sure when it crash landed. The couple contacted the same scientist that identified the Wolcott meteorite, Dr. Stefan Nicolescu, mineralogy collections manager at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
|Dr. Nicolescu hard at work|
Here’s the coolest part though. The meteorite contained chondrules, spherical glassy particles formed before earth from space dust fused together by heat. Google chondrites. If you’re a science nerd, you will not be disappointed.
|The rock also contained metallic iron and was magnetic|
Dr. Nicolescu says “it is highly likely the Waterbury meteorite is related to the April 19 fall in Wolcott.” But Nicolescu will conduct additional tests to confirm.
Which “W” town will get hit next?