A Meteorite 'Older Than Earth' Found In Australia

January 15, 2016

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This is the 1.7kg ( 3.7-lb) meteorite found in the dried up lake bed of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre in South Australia. The meteorite is estimated to be 4.5-billion years old, and came from somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. Hey, that's where I'm from!

The meteorite was the very first successful discovery of a new observation network of 32 remote cameras established across WA and South Australia. Named Desert Fireball Network, the camera network enabled the search area to be limited to a 500 metre line. By taking photos of the night sky and collecting a network of observations, the trajectory of the meteorite, where it lands and where it originates within the solar system can be established using this technology.


[The meteorite] is one of only 20 worldwide with an identified orbit, able to be tracked backed to its original asteroid.

"This meteorite is of special significance as the camera observations used to calculate the fall positions have also enabled the solar system orbit of the meteorite to be calculated, giving important contextual information for future study," Professor Bland said. "It is older than the Earth itself. It's the oldest rock you'll ever hold in your hand."

Cool, but what's it worth? Because I'm going to be honest, if it's worth a lot of money I'm probably going to try to steal it. These scientist guys don't look very tough and I can be pretty intimidating in real life. Hand over the rock, nerds! Actually I probably wouldn't call them nerds because I really do respect what they do I just want the rock so I can sell it and not have to work anymore. Hand over the rock, dirtbags!

Keep going for a couple more shots.

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Thanks to DDD, who sold me a handful of magic beans for $20. "Those are rocks." Those golden eggs will be mine!

  • cock stain

    If you look real close you can see the peanut

  • AtomicMountain

    Nonsense.

    There's NO WAY that rock is DAY older than 4.3 Billion years...TOPS.

  • KLanD

    I must be missing something here.. how exactly did they date it if they have no baseline to work with?

  • Zed68

    Still not older than your mom.

  • Munihausen

    "The meteorite is estimated to be 4.5-billion years old, and came from somewhere between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter."

    So we can expect the meteorite to be on the shortlist for next DNC Chairperson.

  • Ed

    It's actually a microwaved dog turd I launched out of a potato cannon for amateur scientific purposes. Sorry guys.

  • IronMant

    It looks like a chondrite, which is a stony meteorite, and those are the most common type of meteorite fall, but they're harder to locate and are more rare. It was a witnessed fall, so that also makes it more valuable. It appears to have a near total fusion crust, which means this is a complete meteorite, not one that broke up on impact... also making it more valuable. Assuming it's just a common chondrite, I'd estimate the value would be around $30 per gram, a $50,000 rock. Knowing the trajectory of it might increase that value too.

  • PhilipDrake

    What a steaming pile of lying crap this is. Do you idiots REALLY believe this???? We can date rocks, and trace them back supposedly BILLIONS of years to the bigger rock it broke off from????? The human race truly is disconnected from reality.

    The earth is flat. Outer space does not exist. Look up the videos of Eric Dubay, Jeranism, Stinky Cash, Mr Thrive and Survive, Mark Sargent and on and on. WAKE UP.

  • As a former Information Systems Technician for the United States Navy, I'm going to have to say you're full of shit. The problem is three fold.

    The first and most important one being...the whole sailing around the world bit and having it actually charted via points of latitude and longitude that would not work if the earth were a disc.

    The second being as an IT, half of my job dealt with radio communications. Do you know what ground wave propagation is? GWP wouldn't exist if the earth were flat, because line of sight propagation would be the only surface waves we'd need.

    Lastly, if the earth were flat and gravity wasn't a thing, I wouldn't be able to do the other half of my job that involves point-to-point transmission of data between satellites. Which are apparently somehow magically floating in the sky.

  • rob in katy

    GWP, isn't that what we called "skip" back in the 70's?

  • Sebastiann Elegant√© Neely

    Somehow, I'm not convinced that we are the ones disconnected from reality.

  • Tyguy

    ...it's sad that in this day and age, I can't tell if you're serious or not...

  • Ollie Williams

    Those are some of the most Australian looking dudes I have ever seen.

  • Crikey!

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