While searching for gold in the yellow clay of Maryborough Regional Park near Melbourne, the site of the famous Australian fever for the precious metal in the 19th century, David Hole found a strange rock in 2015 that he decided to take home and store; However, years later he discovered that it was an incredibly rare 4.6 billion year old and priceless meteorite that could have repercussions for world history. This is the story of their amazing find.
According to the British newspaper Mirror, citing the original Australian newspaper report The Sydney Morning Herald, Hole believed that the space rock contained gold nuggets so he tried to open it on his own, but unsuccessfully left it on a shelf accumulating dust for six years until he finally dared to take it to the Melbourne Museum, where he they reported that what it had was a meteorite that crashed in Australia after traveling through outer space.
Dermot Henry, a geologist from the aforementioned museum, pointed out that in his 37 years of work in that area he had only come across two genuine meteorites. “This is just the 17th meteorite found in Victoria, while thousands of gold nuggets have been found right there. Looking at the chain of events, you could say that it is quite astronomical that it has been discovered. “, he added, making mention of his “Sculpted and dimpled look”.
Where did you get the meteorite from?
This appearance, Henry describes, is formed when these space rocks pass through the atmosphere. “Meteorites provide the cheapest form of space exploration. They transport us back in time, providing clues about the age, formation and chemistry of our Solar System “added the specialist, who like his colleagues estimates that the meteorite has about 4.6 billion years old.
The carbon dating analysis of the space rock – now known as the ‘meteorito Maryborough’ for the place where it was discovered by David Hole – places your time on the Land Come in 100 and 1000 years ago, and several meteor sightings in the past 150 years potentially offer an explanation for when it crashed here, experts explain. Its weight is 17 kilograms (40 pounds) because it is filled with dense forms of iron and nickel.
It is not the first case of a meteorite that is “rediscovered”
The meteorito Maryborough It is not the first of its kind that took several years to reach a museum to be “discovered”. In a particularly amazing story covered by ScienceAlert In 2018, it took a space rock 80 years, two owners, and a doorstop period before it really was discovered.
The footage of the discovery of the meteorite Maryborough
How much do meteorites cost?
According to the site aerolite.orgMeteorites are “valuable to both the scientific and collecting communities” and asking how much one would cost would be like doing the same with “a car or a house.” “You will need to have specific information to arrive at an estimated value, which will be determined by different factors that include the rarity of its type, size, condition, aesthetic appearance, among others”, details the page, emphasizing that its price ranges between “A few dollars to hundreds of thousands”.
What is the rarest meteorite?
The meteorito Winchcombe, aptly named for the Gloucestershire town where it landed is an extremely rare type called carbonaceous chondrite. It is a stony meteorite, rich in water and organic matter, which has retained its chemistry since the formation of the solar system.
The investigation of the meteorite, which fell in the United Kingdom at the beginning of 2021 and has already been officially classified, suggests that the space rock would date from the beginning of the solar system, that is, that it would have an age of 4,500 million years, reports the site UKRI.org.