Friday, 9 October 2015

Astrognome Scrapbook October 9th 1992 Peekskill Meteorite

Peekskill Meteorite

This is probably one of the most famous recent meteorite events. 

The meteorite fell on October 9th 1992 in Peekskill in the state of New York in the USA.  The meteorite which weighed around 26 pounds (12 Kg) was about 1 foot (0.30 m) across , it was a Chondrite or stone meteorite and it crashed into a parked car!!

18 year old Michelle Knapp was indoors when she heard a loud bang outside. She went onto her driveway where she discovered a hole in the boot of her car, there was also a hole underneath her car and embedded in her driveway was a meteorite. It was still warm and smelt of sulphur.

She had recently purchased her $300 Chevrolet Malibu car; it was quickly purchased by a meteorite dealer for $10,000. The meteorite itself was purchased for $69,000.  Both the car and meteorite have been seen in museums in America.

The meteorite was observed and filmed by many observers on the East coast of America; it was described as a huge greenish fireball.

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