Two sisters were on a walk along the Thoms River Beach on Friday when they noticed a five-meter wide hole that looked very much like a crater. One of them approached and picked up a dark, black object. It smelled burned, it looked strangely flat and smooth on one side.
Could it be a meteorite? Maybe the remnants of a fireball seen on the east coast earlier this week? Or maybe, just a really great rock?
It is curious to know if their discovery from Silver Beach is really from this world, Nora and Jean Mucanic have taken on Facebook and Google to discover the secret.
Some friends suggested to be the remains of fire, an old piece of asphalt or airplane waste. Others agreed that it was a meteorite encouraging women to sell it to finance their retirement.
But the experts are on their parade explaining that it is extremely rare to find a meteorite and is unlikely to be a meteorite. The meteorites are very rare, "said Joseph Trout, professor of physics at Stockton University. He did not see the sample or was personally on the site, but he believes the way Nora and Jean handle it, probably not a meteorite. pieces. They consist of iron, stone, iron and stone, "he said in an email. "From the size and weight (as supposed by the way a woman easily handled her), it did not look like stone or iron."
But Jean Mucanic said there are some characteristics corresponding to a meteorite. One side of the rock is dull and smooth, which may be a country that has entered the atmosphere, she said.
The sisters hope to take their discovery to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to find out what this week is.
"Our first step is to certify it," said Mucanic. "If it is not certified, we will have a truly fantastic, unique paperweight."
Sophie Nieto-Munoz can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org . Follow her on @snietomunoz . Find NJ.com on Facebook .
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