As I searched for gold in the yellow clay of the Parque Regional Maryborough near Melbourne, the site of the famous Australian fever for that precious metal in the 19th century, David Hole found a strange rock in 2015 that he decided to take home and keep; 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 history of his amazing find that has gone around the world.
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 Museo de Melbourne, where they informed him that what he 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”.
How did the meteorite get its particular appearance?
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 is around 4.6 billion years old.
Carbon dating analysis of the space rock – now known as the ‘Maryborough meteorite’ from where it was discovered by David Hole – places its time on Earth between 100 and 1000 years ago, and several meteor sightings in the last 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 time that a meteorite is “rediscovered” years later
The Maryborough meteorite 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.