Jakarta – Josua Hutagalung, a man from Kolang, Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra, whose meteorite fell at his house and reportedly suddenly became a billionaire.
But apparently, there is a sad story behind Josua’s discovery of the meteorite at his home. Previously, he reportedly received Rp 26 billion from the sale of the meteorite.
The news was released by foreign media, such as Dailymail and The Sun. Both of these media came from England.
But unfortunately, the news is not entirely accurate. Josua only received a payment of Rp. 200 million from selling the 1.8 kg meteorite.
Josua also admitted to being surprised when the British media called him a new rich man after the meteor rock that hit his house in August 2020 was valued at £ 757 (Rp.14.1 million) per gram on an online buying and selling site.
This means that the price of the meteorite for sale by Josua could reach nearly £ 1.4 million or the equivalent of Rp.26 billion.
The man who works as a coffin maker admits that Rp. 200 million has been distributed to families, orphans, churches, and repair of parents’ graves.
“The money is up, only Rp. 200 million,” Joshua said with a bitter laugh to BBC News Indonesia, Wednesday night, November 18, 2020.
Josua revealed that the meteorite was sold to Jared Collins, an American who lives in Bali on August 17, 2020.
According to Josua, Jared initially admitted that he wanted to buy a meteorite for research and collection purposes. He was then paid Rp. 200 million for the meteor stone.
To repair the roof of his house that was damaged by a meteorite, Josua received Rp. 14 million. So the total he received was Rp. 214 million.
Josua also admitted that he did not know that the stone that Jared Collins bought was actually valued at Rp. 26 billion.
“If it is true (the price is) Rp. 26 billion, I feel cheated. I am disappointed,” said Josua.
According to Josua, not all of the meteorites that hit the roof of his house on August 1, 2020, were sold to Jared Collins.
He said the total weight of the meteor rock that fell on the roof of his house was 2.2 kilograms, while those sold to Jared were only 1,800 grams. The rest, according to Josua, has been divided among relatives.
“I myself got five grams, the rest I shared with my relatives. Some were made of stone rings,” he said.
Joshua promised not to sell the rest of the meteorite he owned, even though the price on the international market was quite expensive. He said the stone weighing five grams would be kept as a memento.
“Five grams is a piece, let it be as a souvenir,” concluded Josua.
Meanwhile, Head of the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Lapan) Thomas Djamaluddin said, every day meteorites of various sizes crossed the earth and eventually entered the earth’s atmosphere.
However, Thomas urged the public not to worry, because meteorites do not contain radiation, the same as other types of rocks on earth.
The fall of the meteorite that Josua sold began on Saturday, August 1, 2020. At that time, he was making a coffin at his residence in Setahi Nauli Village, Kolang District.
Suddenly Josua heard a strong roar from above. The roar was getting closer to his house. Not long after, there was a very loud thud from the roof of the house.
“I was surprised to hear the sound of the crash, then I checked that there was a large boulder that fell on the roof of my house until it leaked,” said Josua, who at that time did not know that the stone was a meteorite.
According to Josua, the fallen stone was buried up to 15 centimeters deep. Initially, he admitted that he was afraid to approach the location where the rock fell.
However, because he was worried that something would happen, he dug up the ground to lift the rock that had hit the roof of his house.
“When I lifted it, it was still warm. That’s when I thought that the object I was lifting was a meteorite falling from the sky, because it was impossible for anyone to throw a rock that big on the roof of the house,” said Joshua.
Happy with the discovery of the meteor stone, he immediately uploaded a photo of his findings to his Facebook account. Suddenly, the upload received a response from netizens to become viral and was covered by many media.
Two days after the discovery of the meteor stone, a local resident intends to buy the stone from Josua’s hands for Rp. 1 billion. However, Josua rejected the offer because he felt that the person concerned was not serious.
“He was playing around with his offer, that’s why I refused,” said Josua.
Two weeks later came an offer from Jared Collins, an American man living in Bali. Joshua said Jared had come to his house to buy a meteorite after learning the information from the mass media.
“Jared offered Rp200 million for the meteor stone, I asked him not to. He was only willing to add Rp. 14 million to the cost of repairing the roof of my house which was damaged by a meteorite. After thinking about it, I agree that instead of at home, the stone is often made to play with children, “said Josua.
As reported by The Sun newspaper, Jared Collins is known as a space rock expert who lives in Bali.
After buying the meteor stone from Joshua, Jared shipped it to the US. The stone was reportedly purchased by Jay Piatek, a man with a doctorate and a meteor collector at the Meteor Study Center, Arizona State University.
The meteorite is classified as CM 1/2 chondrite carbon. This type is a very rare variety.
The stone fragments were then resold by a second collector through a buying and selling site eBay for 757 Pounds Sterling (Rp.14.1 million) per gram.
This means that the price of a stone weighing 1,800 grams that Josua sells can reach nearly 1.4 million Pounds Sterling, equivalent to Rp 26 billion.
source: Liputan 6