May 10th 2013
A meteorite has hit another house in Connecticut just 19 days after one landed on a home in Wolcott. The meteorite crashed through a gutter and landed on Jay Langlois’ lawn on Red Maple Lane in Waterbury. It was found still intact. It is about the same shape and size of an avocado, weighs 1.6 pounds and measures 2 inches by 2.5 inches by 4 inches. Langlois contacted the same Yale expert who confirmed the meteorite that crashed through a house in Wolcott on April 19. Dr. Stefan Nicolescu, the collections manager for the Mineralogy Division at the Yale Peabody Museum, confirmed a meteorite landed on Langlois’ home. According to Nicolescu, the Waterbury meteorite is likely related to the one in Wolcott. It was found miles away from where the Wolcott meteorite landed. He hopes to run additional tests of the two.
Thousands of people have flocked to the Omusati Region out of curiosity to view a small piece of meteorite that landed in a mahangu field in the village of Oshika, in Onesi Constituency, yesterday morning. The incident created fear and panic among villagers who suggested the ‘strange object’ had something to do with the recent commotion over the 12 South African aircraft that were released after days of grounding at Ondangwa Airport. The aircraft of South African origin were grounded for several days and then sent back to South Africa, because they had no permits to use Namibian airspace. People who came from all over the five northern regions, including the Kunene Region, flocking to Oshika, expressed fears that the tourists may have had something to do with the ‘strange’ object that fell in the mahangu field of Andreas Kamafo Ningilenimo.
“Maybe those people who came here with so many aircraft are responsible for this. Maybe that object is poisonous, we are scared, we won’t even want to get close to it. If it is not taken away, we will not cultivate near it,” said Selma Shikongo. A piece of meteorite, the of a size of a small ball or two human fists put together made such an impact that people within a radius of over 200km were able to hear the explosive impact, feel the resulting tremor and observe the blinding light that followed as it landed. A local engineer suggested that the object needs to be analysed to determine its chemical composition. According to the engineer, meteorites are rocks from outer space, and are referred to as meteors before they hit the ground. Once they hit the ground, the objects that are made of metallic substances, are then referred to as meteorites.