Meteorite that hit Cartersville, GA home to be displayed at local museum

April 21st, 2010 - 2:13 am ICT by BNO News  

CARTERSVILLE, GEORGIA (BNO NEWS) – The Tellus Science Museum announced Tuesday that a meteorite which hit a Georgia home last year will be on display.

On March 8, 2009, the meteorite broke through a roof of a home in Cartersville, Georgia, before crashing through the ceiling and ending up on a bedroom floor. A neighbor described the loud sound as a sonic boom, as it hit the house, which was unoccupied at the time.

The homeowner, who requested to not be identified, waited until August of last year to take the 297 gram meteorite to the Tellus Science Museum for identification. It will be loaned to the museum, and will be on display.

“People are constantly bringing things into the museum that they think are meteorites,” said Tellus Curator Julian C. Gray. “Curators can go through their entire career and never see a real meteorite come through the door. It is a thrill to be part of the identification of the newest Georgia meteorite.”

“This is a significant addition to Tellus,” said museum executive director Jose Santamaria. “Very few meteorites have been found in Georgia, and this is the first documented case of a meteorite hitting a house in our state. We are thrilled to have it on display at the museum where visitors can enjoy seeing this unique find.”

The Cartersville Meteorite is only the 25th meteorite found in Georgia.

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