I’ve kept a jagged rock on a shelf for years without knowing it was PRICE… I couldn’t believe what it actually was.

A TREASURE hunter found a small rock that had kept it on a shelf for years – before discovering it was worth far more than he could have imagined.

David Hole hoped there might be a small gold gem inside the rough brown lump, but it was so hard that his power tools couldn’t make a dent.

The heavy block has rust dents everywhere


The heavy block has rust dents everywhereCredit: Victoria Museum
Experts think it is a rare meteorite dating from birth in our solar system


Experts think it is a rare meteorite dating from birth in our solar systemCredit: Victoria Museum

Just years later, an expert told him it was indeed an extremely rare 4.6 billion-year-old meteorite.

Experts say only a handful of space rocks of this size have fallen in the area in the last century.

David found it in 2015 with his metal detector while scouring golden clay in Maryborough, near Melbourne, famous for being the site of Australia’s gold rush in the 19th century.

It weighs 17kg – about 40lbs – and has a metallic look with rust dents all over it.

David hoped he would find the gold inside, so he brought it home and began to figure out how to break it.

A stone saw, a drill, an angle grinder and even heavy blows from a sledgehammer all bounce off the tough surface.

David also tried mixing it with acid, but it didn’t make a scratch.

“What the hell is this,” he thought to himself.

The unearthed rock then gathered into dust for four years until he took it for inspection at the Melbourne Museum.

Experts told him it contained something far rarer than gold: metal raindrops from the dawn of our solar system, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

It was created from the swirling cloud surrounding the newborn sun, which is also the place where planets including Earth were formed.

It then spent 4.6 billion years in orbit before crashing into Australia for some time over the past 1,000 years, experts say.

Geologist Dermot Henry said that in 37 years of working in the area, he has only come across two genuine meteorites.

He said: “This is only the 17th meteorite found in Victoria, while thousands of gold nuggets have been found.

“Looking at the sequence of events, you could say, it’s completely astronomically unexplored.”

He added: “It has a sculpted, dimpled appearance. That is formed as they pass through the atmosphere.

“They’re melting outside, and the atmosphere has sculpted them.

“Asteroids offer the cheapest form of space exploration.

“They take us back in time, providing clues to the age, formation and chemistry of our solar system.”

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The researchers classified it as a common chondrite meteorite H5, meaning it contains microscopic drops of crystalline metal that were formed by the flash heating of dust clouds in the early solar system. God.

It contains silicates, iron, nickel and magnesium, as well as small amounts of carbon and water of crystallization.

Most likely it formed in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and was blown away by a collision.

Carbon dating analysis shows its time on Earth between 100 and 1,000 years.

Multiple meteor sightings over the past 150 years provide potential timing for when it hit the earth in a fiery streak.

Meteorite impacts are rare and often occur in uninhabited areas, but are very rarely seen near homes.

In 2016, David Stevenson said he saw a red-hot space rock smash into his garden fence and burn a hole in his lawn in Leeds, West Yorks.

And just last month, a meteor crashed through a roof and landed on Ruth Hamilton’s pillow in British Columbia, Canada.

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