Wis. Man Finds Rock Believed to be Meteor Fragment


By Becky Ogann

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A southwestern Wisconsin man has apparently recovered a fragment from the meteor that lit up Midwestern skies earlier this week.

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say the man who doesn't want to be identified lent them the rock for two hours Friday morning.

Geology professor John Valley says the fragment is about the size of an unshelled peanut. He says it seems to be legitimate because it's covered with the distinctive blackened crust created when a meteor superheats in the Earth's atmosphere.

Scientists did some superficial analyses Friday but won't be to do chemical tests unless they can get access to that fragment or others that may be found.

Valley says the man found the fragment after it hit the roof of his home west of Dodgeville Wednesday night.

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