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Peekskill meteorite

Part of Hall of Meteorites.

The Peekskill Meteorite in the Museum's Hall of Meteorites, on an information wall explaining the meteorite's fall in 1992.

Exhibition Text

Falling just a short distance from New York City, this meteorite became famous for its unusual landing.

On October 9, 1992, a brilliant fireball flashed over Peekskill, New York, startling fans at a high school football game. Nearby residents heard a terrific crash as a rock the size of a bowling ball dropped from the sky onto a parked Chevy Malibu, piercing the trunk and denting the driveway beneath it. Seconds after the crash, the stone was found near the car's crumpled trunk, still warm and smelling of sulfur. 

For Educators

Topic: Earth Science

Subtopic: Meteorites

Keywords: Meteorites, Astrophysics, Astrogeology, New York (State)

Audience: General