Fragments from a meteorite drew thousands of people to a small town in Brazil, hoping to cash in on selling the space rocks.
The pieces of meteorite fell on August 19 in Santa Filomena, northeastern Brazil. The area, in Pernambuco state, is a bean planting region.
News spread quickly about the celestial event and people flocked to the area in the hope of finding, and later selling a piece of the ancient meteorite.
As many as 200 pieces were recovered, with the biggest one weighing 40kg and reportedly valued at around $26,000.
For locals, $26,000 is said to be the equivalent of about 10-years salary. They’ve been referring to the event a miracle and the day ‘money fell from the sky’.
The meteorite is 4.6 billion years old
It is thought that the meteorite is a rare chondrite, dating back over 4.6 billion-years all the way to the origins of the Solar System.
Chondrites are small to medium-sized asteroids that never belonged to a larger body and have therefore not undergone melting or planetary differentiation.
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Near-Earth asteroids have orbits which pass close to that of Earth. As of June 2016, it was known that there are 14,464 near-Earth asteroids in existence. Ranging from nearly 1000 km down to rocks just one meter in diameter.
The dwarf planet Ceres is the biggest asteroid with a diameter of 940km.
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