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Man Makes Fortune In A Day After £1.4m Meteorite Crashes Through His Roof

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Man Makes Fortune In A Day After £1.4m Meteorite Crashes Through His Roof

An man from Indonesia has come into some money after a meteorite worth £1.4 million ($1.8m) crashed through the roof of his house:

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After the space rock crashed into 33-year-old Josua Hutagalung's home in Kolang, North Sumatra, it was discovered that it weighed 2.1kg and is around 4.5 billion years old.

According to the Metro, the meteor is classified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an extremely rare variety - which is worth around £1.4 million, or £645 per gram.

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Josua was reportedly given the equivalent to 30 years' salary for the rock. Not a bad day's work, is it?

Credit: Facebook/Josua Hutagalung
Credit: Facebook/Josua Hutagalung

He told local media website, Kompas: "When I lifted it, the stone was still warm and I brought it into the house. 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.

"I strongly suspect that this rock is indeed an object from the sky that many people call a meteorite. Because it is impossible someone deliberately threw it or dropped it from above."

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Josua, a dad-of-three, revealed that he would be using part of his earnings to build a church in his community.

That's not the only thing he's hoping to do either. Speaking to The Sun, Josua said: "I have also always wanted a daughter, and I hope this is a sign that I will be lucky enough now to have one."

Credit: Facebook/Josua Hutagalung
Credit: Facebook/Josua Hutagalung

US meteorite expert Jared Collins, who bought part of the rock, 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.

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"I carried as much money as I could muster and went to find Josua, who turned out to be a canny negotiator."

The meteorite has now been shipped to the US and has been bought by a doctor and meteorite collector from Indianapolis.

This rock weighed 38.2 kilograms and will go to the National Museum of Brazil. Credit: Michael Farmer
This rock weighed 38.2 kilograms and will go to the National Museum of Brazil. Credit: Michael Farmer

Earlier this year, thousands flocked to a remote Brazilian town after hundreds of chunks of meteorite rained down, with the largest piece said to be worth more than £20,000 ($26,000).

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The pieces of space rock are believed to be part of a 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite, dating back to the start of the solar system.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Josua Hutagalung

Topics: News, Weird, space

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