WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A strange rock found in the front yard of a Waterbury home appears to be a meteorite, a Yale mineralogist said Friday, marking the second time in a month that a meteorite has fallen to Earth in Connecticut.
Stefan Nicolescu, mineralogy collections manager at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, said it's "highly likely" the meteorite found in Waterbury on Thursday is connected to the meteorite that landed on a house in Wolcott less than a mile away last month.
The Waterbury meteorite is about 4 inches long and weighs 1.6 pounds. It had the same type of dark crust, magnetism, and interior color as the Wolcott meteorite.
Nicolescu said the museum hopes to confirm whether or not the meteorites are related with further testing.
If the Wolcott and Waterbury meteorites are the result of the same event, Yale said it would mark a rare instance in which more than one building was hit during a single meteorite fall.
Yale noted that all but one of the reported meteorite falls in Connecticut have occurred in towns beginning with the letter "W'': Weston in 1807, Wethersfield in 1971 and 1982, Wolcott and Waterbury this year.
The Wethersfield occurrences hit houses only 1.5 miles apart but separated by 11 years. The 1982 meteorite and the one that landed in Weston are on view at the Peabody's hall of minerals, earth and space.