A Citizen Discovers an Ancient Meteorite in Maryborough

David Hole was hunting for gold when he discovered an interesting rock in 2015. The reddish rock was considerably heavier than it should have been, a trait which suggested that it could contain a gold nugget.

The hole took the rock home and tried to crack it with a variety of tools. A rock saw didn’t have any effects on the surface and drills bounced off in the same manner. He decided to take a sledgehammer and bash it, but nothing happened.

Puzzled by its incredible resilience, he concluded that it might be a new type of rock and he was right.  He decided to bring the rock to the Melbourne Museum in an attempt to learn more about it, and its content and the results were quite surprising.

Researchers from the Melbourne Museum have to examine rocks as many people bring it what seem to be meteorites, but only two have been confirmed to be real ones in the last 37 years. When they saw the rock brought by Hole, they were surprised and curios since its aspect was quite unusual.

Scientific tests revealed that the rock was a 4.6 billion billon-year-old meteorite. The impressive weight is determined by the fact that it is filled with a high-density version of iron and nickel. The team managed to cut it with the help of a high-power diamond saw, and the interior of the meteorite is quite spectacular.

Inside the meteor, they observed a large number of silicate droplets which crystallized from the early clouds of gas, which contributed to the genesis of the solar system. This means that the meteorite formed at the same time when the early planets were forming, and the sun was still a young star.

Some of the rocks which started to form ended up in the asteroid belt, which is found between Mars and Jupiter. Those who wish to see the meteorite can visit the Melbourne Museum from August 11 when it will go on display.

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