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