Chances are you have something in storage that is far more valuable than you ever thought it would be. The same held true for a man who held onto a giant rock. Thinking gold was inside after prospecting it, as it turns out, the rock is an expensive meteorite.
David Hole went prospecting in 2015 at Maryborough Regional Park near Melbourne, Australia. With his trusty metal detector in hand, he found a huge, red rock within some yellow clay. Hole took the rock home and since he was prospecting, figured there was a gold nugget inside but had no luck opening it. He then took it to the Melbourne Museum for identification and to his surprise, it was actually a meteorite.
Melbourne museum geologist Dermot Henry talked to The Sydney Morning Herald about the rock in more detail. “It had this sculpted, dimpled look to it. That’s formed when they come through the atmosphere, they are melting on the outside, and the atmosphere sculpts them.”
Henry noted the meteorite is especially rare and after 37 years working at the museum, only two offerings of rocks turned out to be actual meteorites. Talking to Channel 10 News, Henry gave more insight into the meteorite. “This particular meteorite most probably comes out of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and it’s been nudged out of there by some asteroids smashing into each other, then one day it smashes into Earth.”
Carbon dating suggests it landed on Earth between 100 to 1,000 years ago. Considering there have been numerous meteor sightings between 1889 and 1951, it could very well have landed within that time frame.
If nothing else, if you find a heavy rock anywhere, you may want to keep it in the hopes it’s a meteorite.
Meteorite Crashes Through Woman’s Roof and Lands on Her Pillow as She was Sleeping
David Hole went looking for gold and valuable stones, but what if one of them actually found you? This was the case for a woman who violently awoke when a meteorite nearly landed on her head as she slept.
Talking to Victoria News, Ruth Hamilton of British Columbia spoke about the experience. Hamilton was soundly sleeping in her bed when a rock crashed through the roof and landed on her pillow. Feeling the dust on her face from the rock, she slowly realized what had happened.
“I just jumped up and turned on the light, I couldn’t figure out what the heck had happened,” Hamilton told Victoria News. Once she was awake, she called authorities to report the incident. Officers initially thought it was a stray piece of debris from a nearby construction site.
Little did everyone know about 52 miles away, a meteor shower was underway. Once everyone discovered this, it was revealed the rock was in fact a stray meteorite.