It’s a Rock… Or Is It?


Not actual picture, obviously.

You know the horror movie classic of a giant asteroid landing near or in the main characters’ house before it hatches into the main threat of the film? Well, minus the killer alien part, that almost happened to this New Jersey couple.

“The object hit a home around 1:15 p.m. Monday in Hopewell Township, New Jersey, about 15 miles northwest of Trenton, according to the Hopewell Township Police Department… Police said the four by six inch oblong-shaped object went through the roof and ceiling before hitting the hardwood floor and stopping,” according to USA Today, the object caused quite a bit of damages

So what came of this metallic space rock? Well, at first, they didn’t even know if it was one. As Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer at the Philadelphia-based Franklin Institute Science Museum, said, “If you look at it, it does resemble what certain kinds of meteorites look like… It stands as a strong possibility that that’s what this could be.”

He also went on to say that it is most likely a meteoridite. It’s also likely 4 to 5 billion years old, meaning this family accomplished more than most people can attest to simply by living in the right place.

“Pieces of space junk flying around, these things tend to be in the billions of years old,” Pitt said, “that’s because this is trash leftover from the beginning of the solar system. This is junk that didn’t get swept up into planets. A lot of this is dust and dirt and little bits of rock and some larger pieces of rock and asteroids.”

Where did this meteoridite come from though? While early theories said that it came from a certain meteor shower called Eta Aquariid, Pitt says it is unlikely. He believes that it is “a happy coincidence”. Until more information comes out, the scientist is happy to call it a very small asteroid.