Possible meteorite strikes home in Hopewell Township, New Jersey

A possible meteorite struck a house in Hopewell Township, New Jersey on Monday, according to authorities.[0] The metallic object crashed through the roof of a ranch-style home before ricocheting around a bedroom, ultimately stopping on the floor.[1] Fortunately, no one was in the bedroom at the time of the incident, and there were no injuries reported.[2] Suzy Kop, a member of the affected family, said that the object was about 4 inches by 6 inches, and that it was warm to the touch. The police believe that the object could be related to the Eta Aquarid meteor shower, an event related to Halley's Comet that is visible from mid-April to late May and usually peaks around May 5 each year.[3]

Derrick Pitts, the chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute, told CBS Philadelphia that the object could be billions of years old, as old as the solar system itself.[4] Pitts said, “It's been running around in space all that time and now it's come to Earth and fell in their laps.[5] For it to actually strike a house, for people to be able to pick up, that's really unusual and has happened very few times in history.

0. “Possible meteorite crashes through roof of New Jersey home” New York Post , 9 May. 2023, https://nypost.com/2023/05/09/new-jersey-home-struck-by-possible-meteorite/

1. “Possible meteorite smashes through roof of New Jersey home: police” The Hill, 9 May. 2023, https://thehill.com/homenews/3995815-possible-meteorite-smashes-through-roof-of-new-jersey-home-police

2. “Possible meteorite strikes New Jersey home, authorities say” CNN, 9 May. 2023, https://www.cnn.com/2023/05/09/world/meteorite-home-new-jersey-scn/index.html

3. “Possible Meteorite Strikes NJ Home, Police Say” NBC 10 Philadelphia, 9 May. 2023, https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/possible-meteorite-strikes-nj-home-police-say/3562088

4. “Apparent meteorite crashes through roof of home: “It was warm”” Yahoo Life, 9 May. 2023, https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/apparent-meteorite-crashes-roof-home-132553636.html

5. “Cops Say Meteorite Appears to Have Smashed New Jersey House” Futurism, 10 May. 2023, https://futurism.com/the-byte/cops-meteorite-appears-smashed-house

6. “Rock that crashed through New Jersey home may be 5 billion-year-old chunk of Halley's Comet” Livescience.com, 10 May. 2023, https://www.livescience.com/space/asteroids/rock-that-crashed-through-new-jersey-home-may-be-5-billion-year-old-chunk-of-halleys-comet

7. “News Flash • Hopewell Township, NJ • CivicEngage” Hopewell Township, NJ, 8 May. 2023, https://www.hopewelltwp.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1195

8. “Likely meteorite crashes through New Jersey home” UPI News, 9 May. 2023, https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2023/05/09/meteorite-new-jersey/1971683646212/

9. “Apparent meteorite strikes house in New Jersey (photos)” Space.com, 9 May. 2023, https://www.space.com/meteorite-strikes-house-new-jersey-photos

10. “Possible meteorite crashes through roof of Hopewell Township, Mercer County, New Jersey home” WPVI-TV, 9 May. 2023, https://6abc.com/meteorite-nj-hopewell-township-new-jersey-eta-aquarids-meteor-shower-old-washington-crossing-pennington-road/13228149

11. “Meteorite Crashes Through Roof Of New Jersey Family's Home, Still Warm When Discovered” GameSpot, 10 May. 2023, https://www.gamespot.com/articles/meteorite-crashes-through-roof-of-new-jersey-familys-home-still-warm-when-discovered/1100-6513977

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