Museum Offering $25,000 to Whoever Locates Mysterious Meteorite
Space fans and meteorite hunters, rejoice! At around midday on April 8, 2023, a meteorite flew across the sky in northern Maine and landed in a wooded area along the state’s border with Canada. Fragments have yet to be located, leading the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum in Bethel to offer a financial reward to anyone who locates a large enough piece.
The flyover was confirmed by NASA, which cited eyewitness accounts of “a fireball that was bright even in midday, followed by loud sonic booms near Calais, Maine.” It’s likely the space rock broke into tiny pieces as it made its descent, meaning the debris field could be up to a mile-wide, between Waite, Maine and the Canadian border town of Canoose, New Brunswick.
Speaking with the Associated Press, Darryl Pitt, the chairman of the Maine Mineral & Gem Museum’s meteorite division, said the institution is willing to pay someone $25,000 if they turn in a one-kilogram (2.2 pound) piece of the meteorite – about the size of a softball.
While Pitt’s not certain a specimen that large is out there, he’s hoping to spread the word, saying, “With more people having an awareness, the more people will look – and the greater the likelihood of a recovery.” However, if there is one out there, meteorite hunters should be aware that they’ll have to contend with the Maine wilderness, which itself is not easy to tackle.
According to Pitt, the space rock would be distinguishable from its Earthly counterparts. Not only would its exterior be blackened, due to its traveling through the Earth’s atmosphere, its inside would be a different color. As well, it would attract magnets, due to its high iron content.
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Don’t worry, however, if you’re unable to find a one-kilogram specimen. Pitt has revealed the museum is willing to accept any and all pieces from the meteorite, saying they “could easily be worth their weight in gold.”