33-year-old Josua Hutagalung was an ordinary carpenter in Indonesia when his luck changed after a peculiar event from the sky. In August 2020, a meteorite crashed into his home as he was working.
Josua, who comes from Kolang in North Sumatra, was busy at working building coffins when the “sound of thunder” interrupted the otherwise sunny day. A loud bang followed, coming from the roof.
Curious, Josua went to inspect what could have caused the sound. That’s when he saw a large hole in his ceiling and an impact site below it. He investigated further and found what he thought was a large stone buried 15 centimeters deep in the soil next to his house. He dug the rock out from the ground and noted that it was still warm and partially broken from the impact.
Josua already suspected that the large rock might be a meteorite sine he couldn’t fathom any reason why anyone would through a 2.2 kilogram rock at his house. Plus, he noted that magnets could stick to the rock.
He quickly shared the discovery and incident to social media where the new went viral.
From my posting on Facebook, I received responses from hundreds of netizens and the post was shared hundreds of times. As a matter of fact, there have been many local and international reporters who have come here to cover the incident,” Josua said in an interview.
A collector from the United States purchased the rock for Josua for GBP1.7 million or RM7.6 million in local currency. The staggering amount is equivalent to 30 years worth of Josua’s usual salary.
The meteor has since been identified as CM1/2 carbonaceous Chondrite, an extremely rare class of meteorite which scientists believe could contain amino acids and other primordial elements.