Meteorite price per gram
Josua Hutagalung was quietly working outside when a 2.1 kg rock smashed through the roof of his house and shattered part of his living room. After investigating what had happened, he came across a unique meteorite: one that has made him a millionaire.
This rare meteorite was sold to American expert Jared Collins, who then sold it to an American collector. It is now stored at the Center for the Study of Meteorites at Arizona State University, and although Hutagalung declined to specify the figure he obtained for the meteorite, it is estimated that one gram of the material that composes it is priced at 722 euros.
The head of the Indonesian Space and Aeronautics Agency, Thomas Djmaluddin, explained how rare it is for a meteorite to fall in a residential area, “most meteorites fall in locations far from urban settlements, such as oceans, forests or deserts”.
How much does a meteorite cost?
If you ever come across a rock that looks otherworldly, there’s a chance it’s a meteorite. Although these are relatively rare on Earth, even so, it would not be impossible for you to find one in the wild. However, you will want to be certain that what you have found is truly a stone or rock containing iron of cosmic origin and not just a chunk of any terrestrial material. You can look at some physical and visual markings that are common in meteorites to determine if the rock you have found really has an extraterrestrial origin.
What they pay for a piece of meteorite
Meteorites whose fall occurs in front of witnesses or which are managed to be recovered moments after being observed during their transit in the atmosphere are called “falls”. The rest of the meteorites are known as finds. To date (mid-2020), there are approximately 1050 attested falls that produced specimens in the world’s various collections. In contrast, there are more than 31,000 well-documented meteorite finds. In contrast.
As meteoroids heat up during their passage through the atmosphere, their surfaces melt and undergo thermal ablation. During this process they can be sculpted into various shapes, resulting in deep “fingerprints” in the form of indentations on their surfaces called regmaglypts. If the meteoroid maintains a fixed orientation for some time without wobbling, it may develop a “cone-shaped nose” or a conical shape. As it undergoes deceleration, the molten surface layer solidifies into a thin melt crust, which in most meteorites is black (in some achondrites, the melt crust may be slightly reddish). In stony meteorites, the heat-affected zone is only a few millimeters thick; in metallic meteorites (which are better conductors of heat), the metal structure can be affected by heat up to 1 centimeter below the surface. It has been reported that when meteorites land, they are somewhat warm to the touch, but never extremely hot. However, reports vary greatly, as some meteorites are sighted “burning” during their landing, while others are sighted forming a layer of ice on their surface.
How to sell meteorite
New York, Feb 9 (EFE) – Christie’s began Tuesday an online auction of exceptional meteorites and stones from the Moon and Mars, some of which have been valued at up to 350,000 dollars.
Valued by Christie’s experts at between $250,000 and $350,000, it is the second largest lunar rock on the planet, and is four times larger than the one brought back by Apollo mission personnel. Also coming up for sale is a “Gibeon meteorite,” which Christie’s has dubbed a “natural sculpture from space.”
Also among the 75 lots in the auction are several pallasite meteorites found in China and Russia, representing 0.2 percent of the meteorites found and looking like gemstones in shades of yellow, valued at up to $15,000.