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Suspected meteorite strikes Illinois home

A woman in Bloomington, Illinois, says what appears to be a meteorite came through a bedroom window and landed on her computer table.
James Day, a professor of Geology at Illinois State University examines a space object that crashed through the window of a Bloomington home on Monday, March 5, 2007.
James Day, a professor of Geology at Illinois State University examines a space object that crashed through the window of a Bloomington home on Monday, March 5, 2007.David Proeber / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

This was no ordinary computer crash.

A woman in Bloomington, Illinois, says what appears to be a meteorite came through a bedroom window and landed on her computer table.

Scientists from Illinois State University are intrigued.

The grayish metallic object is about the size of a deck of cards. A geology professor says that in his 36 years of investigating meteorite reports, this chunk appears to be the real thing.

Experts have ruled out the possibility that someone threw it at the house, and it doesn't appear to be space junk from a satellite or other spacecraft.

The U.S. Geological Survey's meteorite center in Flagstaff, Arizona, will help with identification.

Meantime, the woman says she's just glad no one was working on the computer when it landed Monday morning.