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The meteor left a seven-inch hole in the roof of the house. Luckily, the hound, called Roky, was unharmed as the space debris blasted into his house despite being inside when it struck the tin roof. Now, the doghouse has been tipped to sell for up to $300,000 (£220,000) as it is poised to be auctioned off at Christie’s.
The renowned auction house said: “Part of a shower of exotic stone meteorites loaded with organic compounds, crashed through his doghouse, barely missing him.
“The formal coordinates of Roky’s home… are now forever part of the scientific literature.”
The meteorite, which struck back in April 2019, is “among the most researched meteorites of all time”, according to Christie’s.
The auction house is running an online-only auction called Deep Impact: Martian, Lunar and Other Rare Meteorites, which goes on until February 23.
While tipped to see a maximum sale of $300,000 (£220,000), so far the highest bid seen is $1,600 (£1,175).
James Hyslop, head of science and natural history for Christie’s, said, “This is a really exciting auction and opportunity for collectors.
“Meteorites are incredibly rare objects; the combined weight of all the known meteorites is less than the annual output of gold.
“Ever since an exhibition in Paris featured a car famously struck by a meteorite, I’ve wanted to bring an object hit by an extraterrestrial object to auction.”
Meteorites from showers normally end up crashing into oceans, which cover two-thirds of the Earth’s surface.
Sometimes, fragments have been known to crash down on land, but usually it happens in remote areas.
And the sheer force of the impact frequently sees them buried deep beneath the ground.
These are still incredibly rare and normally reach Earth from the asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.
But some actually arrive having travelled from Mars itself – and even the Moon.
As well as the doghouse, the three-inch-by-three-inch meteorite that smashed into it is also for sale and is valued at $60,000 (£44,000).
A beautiful ‘rare lunar sphere,’ will also feature in the auction, after it was discovered in the Sahara.
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It is thought to have a value of $25,000 (£18,300) and an “extraterrestrial peridot,” worth $15,000 (£11,000).
The next meteor shower, Lyrids, is set to take place in April 2022,
Lyrid is associated with long-period Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher and is the oldest recorded meteor shower still visible today.
It was first recorded way back in 687 BCE.
In February 2021, a meteorite was recovered after landing in the driveway of a house in Gloucestershire.
Fragments of the meteorite weighed just under 300 grams and were taken to the Natural History Museum to be analysed and studied.
It was the first time in 30 years that a piece of space rock landed and got recovered in Britain.
The Museum called it “an incredibly rare and exciting moment”.
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