Meteor showers are a pretty regular occurrence. However, for one man in Indonesia, a rare meteor shower over his village completely changed his life…
But the latest has to be the most exciting.
One man just couldn’t believe his luck…
After the meteorite that crashed into his home turned out to be pretty special!
What exactly is a meteor shower?
And they’re often referred to as “shooting stars” because of the strikingly dazzling mark they leave in our skies.
And that’s how we’re able to see them from such a vast distance.
Because it landed straight onto his house!
And that one event has made a coffin maker in Indonesia a millionaire.
When the meteorite crashed straight through the tin roof into his living room.
Then the thirty-three-year-old decided to go and find what made the noise, digging up the rock from the soil.
“The sound was so loud that parts of the house were shaking too. And after I searched, I saw that the tin roof of the house had broken, when I lifted it, the stone was still warm.”
The rock is extremely rare and thought to be around 4.5 billion years old!
Mr. Hutagalung got in touch with meteorite expert, Jared Collins, and sold the rock to him for a huge sum.
The collector is currently storing it at the Centre for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University.
It is thought to be over $1m.
And he is planning on building a church for his community.
“I have also always wanted a daughter, and I hope this is a sign that I will be lucky enough now to have one,” he said.
“My phone lit up with crazy offers for me to jump on a plane and buy the meteorite. It was in the middle of the Covid crisis and frankly it was a toss-up between buying the rock for myself or working with scientists and collectors in the US.”
“I carried as much money as I could muster and went to find Josua, who turned out to be a canny negotiator.”
Told local media it was a rare thing to happen as “most of the meteorites fall in locations far from settlements, such as oceans, forests, or deserts.”
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