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Meteorite Hitting Calif. House Found Disappointingly to Be a Regular Earth Rock


In this photo taken Oct. 17, 2012 and provided by Phil Terzian is a shooting star above the Montebello Open Space Preserve in Palo Alto, Calif. (Photo: AP/Phil Terzian)

Scientists were buzzing last week after the Orionid meteor shower hurtled not only dazzling, flaming meteorites through the night sky but onto a California woman's house. Now, it has anticlimactically been revealed that the two-inch object thought to be a space rock is just a regular rock that can be found here on Earth.

Lisa Webber of Navato claimed that she thought the rock found in her yard hit her home's roof last week. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the rock was at first confirmed a meteorite by Seti Institue scientist Peter Jenniskens, but this identification has since been retracted.

The "meteorite"/regular rock found in Lisa Webber's yard. (Image via Seti Institute)

Jenniskens said he thought the rock showed "remnant fusion crust," but it was really just natural weathering of a rock with Earth origins.

Dent seen on Webber's roof. (Photo via Seti Institute)

Still believing that something did hit her roof during the meteor shower on October 17, Webber and her family are scouring the yard for what could be a meteorite. Jenniskens is helping Webber search for it but said there has been "no luck so far."

(H/T: Business Insider)

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