[EDIT: I have shamefully neglected to check the blog of the World’s Greatest Astronomer before posting an astronomy related article.
I am ashamed and deserve to be corrected. Kate’s on it, don’t worry fellas!
In my defense, allow me to state that such a one as I can be overwhelmed with BadAstronomy overload, a condition brought on by too much of a wonderful astronomical thing, too much amazing information, too many beautiful images, and too much intelligent conversation without constant interruption by brainless trolls.
I promise that it won’t happen again.
FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Authorities were trying to identify a mysterious metallic object that crashed through the roof of a house in eastern New Jersey.
Nobody was injured when the golf-ball sized object, weighing nearly as much as a can of soup, struck the home and embedded itself in a wall Tuesday night. Federal officials sent to the scene said it was not from an aircraft.
The rough-surfaced object, with a metallic glint, was displayed Wednesday by police.
“There’s some great interest in what we have here,” said Lt. Robert Brightman. “It’s rather unusual. I haven’t seen anything like it in my career.”
He said he hoped to have the object identified within 72 hours, but declined to name the other agencies whose help he has enlisted.
Approximately 20 to 50 rock-like objects fall every day over the entire planet, said Carlton Pryor, a professor of astronomy at Rutgers University.
“It’s not all that uncommon to have rocks rain down from heaven,” said Pryor, who had not seen the object that struck the Monmouth County home. “These are usually rocky or a mixture of rock and metal.”
Pryor said laboratory tests would have to be conducted to determine if the object was a meteorite.
They needn’t bother with all that sciency stuff. I’m sure Pat Robthemsomemore will be happy to explain that it’s petrified angel crap, meant as a final warning to repeal the Civil Unions Law just signed by Governor John Corzine.
“Repent ye sinful homo lovers, before My army of angels craps you to death!”