Man Kept Rock For Years Thinking It Was Gold But It Turned Out Far More Valuable Than He Imagined
4He finally took it to the museum
David was unsuccessful in opening the rock but he was still intrigued about it so he took it to the Melbourne Museum to find out if they could tell him what it was. Henry said that he has seen plenty of rocks that people thought were meteorites. However, in all of his 37 years and after seeing thousands of rocks, only two actually turned out meteorites. This was among the two which means it was his second time confronting a meteorite fragment.
5The big surprise, a rarity
Now here is the surprise. The meteorite didn’t happen to be just a regular meteorite rock. It turned out to be an astonishing 4.6 billion years old. It has now become famous as the Maryborough meteorite and researchers have also published a scientific paper on it after subjecting it to mineral analysis. In fact, a diamond was needed to cut out a small slice to reveal it was high in iron. Researchers classified it as an H5 Chondrite which are meteorite that were formed when various types of dust and small grains that were present in the early solar system joined to form primitive asteroids.
6The analysis revealed something amazing
The meteorite was heavy and weighed 17 kg. Chondrite meteorites also contain tiny crystallized droplets of metal minerals called chondrules. Henry explained “Meteorites provide the cheapest form of space exploration. They transport us back in time, providing clues to the age, formation and chemistry of our Solar System (including Earth).” “Some provide a glimpse at the deep interior of our planet. In some meteorites, there is ‘stardust’ even older than our Solar System, which shows us how stars form and evolve to create elements of the periodic table. Other rare meteorites contain organic molecules such as amino acids; the building blocks of life.” He added.
7It could have been a rock from the early formative years of our planet
The researchers couldn’t quite figure out where the meteorite could have come from and how long it may have been lying on Earth although the research gave them some insight and a brief idea.
At one time, the Solar System was just a spinning pile of chondrite rocks and dust. It was gravity that pulled everything together to form a planet. The leftovers wandered aimlessly in a vast asteroid belt.