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Mystery of black rock found in crater solved

Posted on Saturday, 19 January, 2019 | Comment icon 11 comments

It turned out that the rock wasn't what anyone had expected. Image Credit: Facebook / Nora Muchanic
Nora and Jean Muchanic had been walking on a New Jersey beach when they came upon something unusual.
The two sisters had been strolling along Silver Beach in Toms River last week when they discovered a 5ft-wide hole in the sand with a small black rock sitting directly in the middle of it.

Curious about the find, they decided to post up photographs on Facebook where social media users were quick to suggest that it was most likely a meteorite that had fallen from the sky.

Hoping to learn more about the object and where it might have come from, the two sisters decided to take it to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia where it was examined by astronomer Derrick Pitts.

As it turned out, the object wasn't a meteorite at all - it was a piece of coal.

"Derrick Pitts, chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute in Philly, examined the rock my sister Jean Muchanic and I found in a crater at Silver Beach last week," Nora wrote.

"Derrick says it's not a meteorite, it's a piece of COAL. Waaaaaah..... So nothing from another galaxy, now just a big ugly paperweight! Thanks to @TheFranklin and Derrick for taking the time to look."

Exactly how the coal had ended up in a hole on the beach however continues to remain a mystery.

Source: Fox News | Comments (11)

Tags: Meteorite

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by freetoroam on 19 January, 2019, 19:12
I think the tyre and footprints around the mound is a bit of a give away, others have been there before.
Comment icon #3 Posted by bison on 19 January, 2019, 19:30
Nah, the coal was dropped from a a steam-powered flying saucer, from a great height, and made that crater in the soft sand.! 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Nnicolette on 19 January, 2019, 20:24
When i was little we would travel to crescent city to see fireworks on the beach for the 4th of July. There was sonebody that would light what seemed to be sticks of dynamite. You could hear it across town. I bet that left a few holes in the sand and burnt things, just like this.
Comment icon #5 Posted by joc on 20 January, 2019, 0:12
I would be so happy to be able to spend the 4th of July on the Beach!  I think it was a prank....the black rock was coal.  Cool prank though! the way.... I can't find you on  Please go register...    ...tournament starts Monday Jan 21   (yeah...I'm trollin' you )
Comment icon #6 Posted by Piney on 20 January, 2019, 0:22
Nora was a local newswoman.  
Comment icon #7 Posted by docyabut2 on 20 January, 2019, 3:02
its just a sink hole.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Piney on 20 January, 2019, 12:57
Not on that beach. It was a prank. 
Comment icon #9 Posted by AllPossible on 20 January, 2019, 15:36
Nothing of value would land in New Jersey
Comment icon #10 Posted by mdbuilder on 22 January, 2019, 1:37
The rock appears, to me, to be sedimentary in composition. Not sure how layers would form in space.
Comment icon #11 Posted by WelshRed on 25 January, 2019, 20:52
Somebody's poor attempt at a camp fire from the night before!

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