He experienced a meteoric increase in prosperity.
An Indonesian became astronomically rich after a precious meteorite worth nearly $ 2 million struck through the porch of his home.
“When I lifted it, the stone was still warm and I brought it into the house,” Josua Hutagalung told the local Kompas news agency about the accidental find. The 33-year-old coffin maker was reportedly working next to his home in Sumatra in August when the expensive space rock splinter tumbled through the overhang of his home.
“The noise was so loud that parts of the house were shaking,” said the rock star. “And after looking, I saw that the tin roof of the house was broken.” A clip on his Facebook page shows where the 4.5-pound meteor struck through the awning before burying itself a few inches in the dirt.
Hutagalung said he strongly suspected the object was a meteor “because there is no way anyone could have purposely thrown it or dropped it from above”.
The wealth-making fragment, estimated to be 4.5 billion years old, has likely brought in more than enough to put a new roof over his head, the Daily Mail reported. Classified as CM1 / 2 carbonaceous chondrite – an extremely rare variety – the space rock is valued at around $ 850 per gram, or a total of $ 1,858,556.
Hutagalung was reportedly being paid the equivalent of 30 years for a find he would use to build a church in his community.
“I always wanted a daughter too, and I hope this is a sign that I am now fortunate to have one,” he told the Sun.
The life-changing event made Hutagalung a local celebrity, with dozens flocking to his home to see his interstellar lottery ticket. “Many people came out of curiosity and wanted to see the stone,” he said.
The meteor also sent shock waves through the scientific community.
“My phone lit up with crazy offers to hop on a plane and buy the meteorite,” described Jared Collins, an American meteor expert who bought part of the rock. “It was in the middle of the COVID crisis and frankly it was a mistake between buying the rock for me or working with scientists and collectors in the US.”
He continued, “I carried as much money as I could raise and went to Joshua, who turned out to be a clever negotiator.”
The meteorite has since been purchased by Jay Piatek, a doctor and meteorite collector from Indianapolis.
Three more pieces of the meteorite, officially named Kolang, were discovered nearby, with one landing on a rice field less than five miles from Hutagalung’s home. The Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas estimated that the space rock weighed about 5.5 pounds before it broke apart, according to the Daily Mail.
Thomas Djamaluddin, director of the National Aerospace Institute in Indonesia, said it was extremely rare for meteors to hit populated areas.
“The amount of rock debris from the formation of the solar system is very large in space,” he said. “Most meteorites fall in places that are far from settlements, such as oceans, forests or deserts.”