Meteorite Crashes Into A Home In Paris

10/11/2021 11:05 AM ET

A 4.5 billion year old meteorite crash’s into a Paris home. In an ironic twist, the name of the family that owned the home is named the Comettes. Luckily the family was not home at the time it landed in the home and no one was injured.

It is thought that the tiny space rock crashed through the families’ roof while they were on vacation a few weeks ago. It wasn’t noticed until there was a rainstorm, and the tile roof began to leak.

“We got the roof tiler round and he was astounded,” said Martine Comette, 32. “He said: ‘You need to be Superman to break a tile like that! It must be a meteorite.’”

The meteorite had broken through the tile and got caught up in the insulation. Alain Carion, a mineral scientist and meteor hunter, said the iron-rich celestial rock known as a “chondrite” was identifiable thanks to a “black fusion crust that characterizes the crossing of the Earth’s atmosphere.”

The meteorite weighed about 3 ounces and was the size of an egg. Carion figured it came from an asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. “It’s incredibly rare. We have never found any less than 80km (50 miles) from Paris before,” he told Le Parisien.

Even though the meteorite could be worth a few hundred Euro’s, according to Carion, The Comettes plan on keeping their new found prize.

“It’s the history of life on Earth has landed in my garden, the history of space of which we known nothing and which is fascinating,” said Mrs Comette.

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