Scientist Retracts Claim About Meteorite In California

Meteorite Discovery
Meteorite Discovery

The KTVU-TV http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/scientist-retracts-claim-rock-found-novato-was-met/nSmMt/ San Francisco (10/24) website reports, “After a fireball streaked across the Bay Area sky last Wednesday evening, scientists and locals alike were on the hunt for pieces of the meteor that was believed to have made landfall in the Bay Area.” On Monday, the one astronomer “who had reported the day before that the first piece of the meteor was found after it hit the roof of a Novato home clarified that the suspected meteorite was actually a natural rock. Dr. Peter Jenniskens with the SETI Institute said on his NASA Ames Research Center webpage Monday that the house of administrative nurse at the University of California at San Francisco Lisa Webber was hit by something during the fireball’s descent last Wednesday evening, but the meteorite remained elusive.”

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KTVU-TV http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/nasa-scientist-confirms-meteorite-discovered-novat/Sjhj/ reports that “Peter Jenniskens, principal investigator for NASA’s CAMS Project (Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance), told reporters Sunday morning that Novato homeowner Lisa Webber had discovered a 63-gram meteorite in her yard the day before that was believed to have broken off from a car-size meteor that crashed into earth Wednesday night.” Jenniskens “discovered a small dent in the Webber’s roof that ‘was consistent with the meteorite having hit the roof from a SW direction’ The meteor was “described it as being a bright fireball with hues of red and orange, and that it was accompanied by a loud boom.