EKU acquires meteorite
Posted: Friday, October 19, 2012 8:01 pm
RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Eastern Kentucky University has acquired a 33-pound meteorite from an East Tennessee family that used the space rock as a doorstop and flower bed ornament over the years.
The meteorite was initially found in a cow pasture near Tazewell in the 1930s by Tilmon Brooks, the late grandfather of Donna Lewis, a school secretary in Pineville, Ky.
Tests at the University of Tennessee concluded that the meteorite likely came from a known meteorite strike that had first turned up evidence in Tazewell in 1853.
Published in The Messenger 10.19.12