Updated – San Francisco Bolide – Novato Roof Fall Meteorite Recoveredby Tommy on 21/10/2012
Photo Credit : Brent Ainsworth – Piedmont Patch
Update : Retraction.
House hit, but the meteorite remains elusive. We examined the rock with a petrographic microscope yesterday, says Jenniskens, and quickly concluded it was not a meteorite. I sincerely thought it was, based on what appeared to me was remnant fusion crust. On closer inspection, that crust was a product of weathering of a natural rock, not from the heat of entry. I was fooled once also during the Sutter’s Mill meteorite fall, when a tar-covered pebble threw me off my guard. Today, I appologized to Lisa Webber and together we searched the area around the house in the hope of finding the elusive rock that hit the roof, but no luck, so far.
They’re just rocks. All rocks are the same.
Update 2 : Retraction of the retraction. Another rock more or less identical to the so called Novato meteorite has been identified, and examination of the rocks indicate they are meteorites.
Wow. Just wow. Novato housewife vindicated! Neighbor kid inherits fame, forture, and an ordinary chondrite meteorite – and gets to ride in a blimp. What is not to like about this story?
Update 3 : Two (2) more Novato meteorite fragments found, bringing the total to four (4).
Photo Credit : Jason Utaslifeform@charter.net