Man Kept Rock For Years Thinking It Was Gold But It Turned Out Far More Valuable Than He Imagined
8Experts believed it came out of a large asteroid belt
The Maryborough meteorite could have come out of one of the asteroid belts lying between Mars and Jupiter and it could have also been nudged out by the process of asteroids smashing against each other and one fine day one gets thrown out and smashes into earth instead.
Through carbon dating, the researchers suggested that the meteorite could have been lying on earth between 100 to 1000 years because during the years between 1889 to 1951, there were several reports of meteor sightings that correspond to the arrival of this particular rock on Earth.
9A rare find
Researchers also say that the Maryborough meteorite is extremely rare and even more than that of gold. This is because only 17 meteorites were recorded in Victoria and this was one of them. Moreover, the meteorite is the second-largest chondritic mass found. The first one was a 55 kg meteorite found in 2003. Henry also said “This is only the 17th meteorite found in Victoria, whereas there’s been thousands of a gold nugget found. Looking at the chain of events, it’s quite, you might say, astronomical it being discovered at all.”
10You never know what you may find in your backyard
The story is, of course, amazing but Henry revealed that it wasn’t the first rock to make it to a museum after so many years in concealment. One particular space rock took 80 years before it was handed over to the museum. In fact, it was used as a doorstop instead. Maybe it’s time for people to check their backyards because you never know what’s lurking in the ground. Any hard to break rocks, take them to a museum for analysis and you may find yourself on a metaphorical gold mine. The last meteorite found in Victoria was discovered at Willow Grove, Gippsland, in 1995. It is believed that David Hole was well paid for his incredible discovery.