Connecticut Reports Second Home Hit By A Meteorite In Less Than A Month [VIDEO]
The second meteorite in less than a month to tear through a Connecticut house was discovered Wednesday in the city of Waterbury less than two miles from the site of April’s collision, according to the news outlet NECN.
This time, however, the damage was limited as the 1.6-pound object roughly the size and shape of an avocado hit the home’s gutter before falling into the lawn.
The meteorite was confirmed as a visitor from Space by Stefan Nicolescu, a mineralogist at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, explaining that it likely originated from the same source as the first meteorite.
“The first impression is that you would think that the two are connected,” he told the Connecticut Post. However, because the Waterbury meteorite was not an “observed fall,” there is no way of telling exactly when it fell, though, according to the mineralogist, it does appear to be a recent event.
Ultimately, Nicoloescu said he will not know for sure whether the two are connected until he is able to analyze the meteorite that struck down in the neighboring town. However, as the AP reports, they both feature the same dark exterior and interior color as well as magnetism.
Given the fact that nearly 15,000 tons of extraterrestrial material hits Earth every year, and because Connecticut is well populated, Nicolescu said the chances of finding a meteorite are good; however, he warns there are a fair amount of “meteor-wrongs” due to the pieces of slag produced from the blast furnaces in the city of Bristol.
The two closest meteorite landing sites in Connecticut are located just 1.5 miles apart in the town of Wethersfield, although the events took place over the span of 11 years.
As for Jay Langlois, the owner of the house where the Waterbury meteorite hit, the episode only means more work.
"I'm just upset that my gutter is broken," he told NECN. "I gotta get my gutter fixed,"