Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Meteorite Hits Home in Novato, CA
|Lisa Webber Found
The meteorite, smaller than a fist, was discovered Saturday by Lisa Webber, who owns the home with her pastor husband, Rev. Kent Webber. The discovery was announced Sunday morning by Peter Jenniskens, principal investigator for NASA’s Cameras for Allsky Meteor Surveillance, at the Webbers’ home.
“The significance of this find is that we can now hope to use our fireball trajectory to trace this type of meteorite back to its origins in the asteroid belt,” said Jenniskens in the CAMS project blog. “We propose the name Novato meteorite, pending approval by the Meteorite Nomenclature Committee.”
It wasn’t until Webber read a newspaper article Friday and discovered that the trajectory was over Novato, San Rafael and Napa that she realized the rock might be a meteorite, Webber, who is head nurse at the University of California’s medical dermatology department, said in an interview.