One afternoon a man, 33, discovered a piping hot meteorite just outside his house after it smashed through the roof of his residence.
According to reports, the rock from space, which weighed roughly 4.63 lbs, turned out to be worth around S$2.48 million ($1.85 million USD). Josua Hutagalung, a casket producer, was working on Aug. 1, 2020, when the rock crashed in his home, plummeting nearly 6 inches deep into the surface. Hutagalung informed local media that when he dug it out of the ground the meteorite was warm still. The space stone is said to be approx 4.5 billion years old.
The meteorite is categorized as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an exceedingly rare variety. according to the Lunar and Planetary Institute. Because of its rareness, it is worth around S$1,149 (S$857) per gram, bringing Hutagalung’s rock worth to a whopping $1.85 million (S$2.48 million). One of Hutagalung’s sons actually instructed him not to sell the meteor, according to a meteoritical bulletin. The coffin manufacturer was hesitant to sell the rock initially, taking it as a sign of good fortune for his village and loved ones, selling a small fragment only of the space rock which after a few days broke off, weighing roughly 94.3g.
Though, by mid-September, he elected to sell off the rest of the roof meteorite to three distinct dealers, who sold them later to collectors. Hutagalung intends to use a portion of the funds to erect a church in his community, according to reports. The dad of three told local reporters: “I have also always wanted a daughter, and I hope this is a sign that I will be lucky enough now to have one.”
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