The Sciences

Yankee scientists were right about rocks from the sky

Bad AstronomyBy Phil PlaitApr 22, 2010 11:15 PM


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

What on Earth could have created a hole like this in the roof of a house in Cartersville, Georgia?

Why, nothing. Nothing on Earth, that is. Because here's the culprit:

Yowza. That's a stony meteorite, and in March 2009 it came screaming down out of the sky and punched that hole! The cube is one centimeter (about a half inch) on a side, and is used for scale. What a great specimen! And it weighs in at 294 grams -- more than half a pound -- so it's hefty. It must've been moving at quite a clip when it smacked that house, probably a couple of hundred kilometers per hour. And if you want to see it for yourself, and live near Atlanta, now's your chance: The Tellus Science Museum will have the rock on display -- together with the roof and ceiling under it that got whacked -- starting tonight at 6:00 p.m. as part of their Earth Day event. I wonder if it'll still be on display when Dragon*Con rolls around... [Update: I heard from the museum; yup. It'll still be on display!] And if you're wondering about the post title, then this might help. Given the museum's location, it seemed appropriate.

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month
Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
1 free articleSubscribe
Want unlimited access?

Subscribe today and save 70%


Already a subscriber? Log In or Register
More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

To The Magazine

Save up to 70% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2021 Kalmbach Media Co.