Lanlord, tenant battle over meteorite

February 3, 2010 12:32:48 PM PST
An out of this world fight is taking place right here on earth in a courtroom.

A Virginia doctor and the landlord of his office building are fighting over who owns a meteorite that landed in the doctor's office last month.

The doctor says the tennis ball-sized rock crashed through his ceiling. However, the building's landlord sent the doctor a letter, saying the rock becomes part of where it lands and is legally his property.

The Smithsonian museum in Washington DC is keeping the rock until a legal owner is determined.

The collectors' market for meteorites can be lucrative.