Police Investigate Possible
Meteor Strike On House

Original piece (second Section)
by Stephen Brook - Science Writer
Police on the mid-north coast of New South Wales are investigating damage to a house that appears to have been caused by a meteorite.
The residents were disturbed late last night by a noise but were not aware of the damage until this morning.
Police were called in this morning when the residents noticed light shining through a hole in the roof of their house at Dunbogan.
A small rock, about one centimetre wide, has been recovered from inside but local police say they are unsure whether it is an extra terrestrial object.
It has been taken to the Port Macquarie station to be sent away for analysis. Nobody in the house was injured.
The incident comes a week after police found a possible meteor strike in a dam on the northern tablelands at Guyra.
The object that left a large hole in the floor of the dam has not been recovered.
It probably looks like a small hunk of railway track, was created after the Big Bang during the formation of our solar system and orbited between Mars and Jupiter for several billion years before falling to Earth shortly after 8.12pm on Tuesday.
And if it is ever recovered, the meteorite that crashed into the water supply of the northern NSW town of Guyra would be worth about $2000 which is good news for the Guyra Shire Council, now considered to be its legal owner.
The council is happy to hear from interested parties keen to sponsor the excavation of what scientists think is most likely a meteorite the size of a golf ball.
"Everybody will win from that and this will give us a real long-term benefit," council general manager Geoff Brooks said.
A herd of cows looked on with interest yesterday as police divers tried in vain to recover the meteorite, which they think is embedded in about 4m of soft granite at the bottom of the dam.
But they did recover some fragments and sediment, which geologists concluded were from a meteorite.
An Australian Geological Survey Organisation seismograph on the campus of the University of New England, north of Armidale, detected an east-west ground vibration at 8.12pm on Tuesday.
This was not from an impact, but is believed to be from the sonic boom likely to have been caused by the meteorite, which shook the ground to the equivalent magnitude of a 2 on the Richter scale.
"It's a really weird-looking thing," AGSO seismologist Kevin McCue said of the reading.
"We can't be sure what we have recorded is that event, but there is stronger and stronger corroborating evidence that it is."
The Guyra meteorite is probably composed of iron and nickel, said Peter Flood, head of the physical sciences and engineering school at the University of New England.
It would have struck the Earth at an angle of 45 degrees, possibly at a speed of up to 36,000kmh.
The Australian Museum's curator of rocks, minerals, meteorites and tektites (glassy non-meteorite minerals), Ross Pogson, said that as nothing had been recovered, scientists could only speculate on what the object might be.
"Everyone is hoping it is a meteorite because it's interesting for scientific research and it will bring people into the tourism area of Guyra."
Mr Pogson said hundreds of meteorites fell to Earth each year, but 70 per cent went into the ocean. Of those that hit land, most went undetected.<


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