Pieces of a meteor that crossed the sky last week may not be in York County after all.

Rob Matson, a space scientist/aerospace engineer and amateur astronomer, tried to triangulate where the strewn field might be based on the York Water Company's video footage and Mike Hankey's photograph of the fireball.

"My best estimate at the moment is that meteorites should be found somewhere in the region bounded by Pequea, Colemanville, Martic Forge, Marticville, Holtwood, Bethesda (PA of course), and Rawlinsville," he said in a news release. "The west side of the Susquehanna isn't ruled out, but I would strongly favor the east side."

Matson is helping renouned meteorite hunter Steve Arnold, who has returned home to Arkansas but is still gathering information about the fireball in hopes of finding pieces of it.

Matson said during a phone interview that he'd like to find another video or photograph of the fireball to confirm the location.

In the news release, Arnold is encouraging residents to look for meteorites while walking the dog, mowing the lawn, or crossing parking lots.

People should look for smooth dark black rocks. They will be heavier than other rocks their size and should attract a strong magnet (not a weak refrigerator one), he said in the news release. They should be shaped like a potato and will not be porous.

If there is a naturally broken face, those edges can be sharp, with the interior usually a light cement color, the news release state.

Any rocks with black smooth surface that are attracted by a magnet should be check out by an expert.


Arnold can be reached through www.MeteoriteMen.com.

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- Dense 'The Shrewsbury' meteorite named after York County town where it was found. Read more at York Town Square.