A fireball that flew across the sky could earn you $25,000.
CBS News said that if you like science and have seen a ball of fire moving across the sky in Maine during the day, you could get thousands of dollars for finding just one kilogram of it.
The Maine Mineral and Gem Museum said on Monday that they will pay $25,000 to anyone who brings them one kilogram of a rock that was seen flying through the sky in New Brunswick, Canada on Saturday.
The museum said that the fireball caused several loud booms that could be heard in Maine. The museum also said that NASA’s Doppler radar found several meteors from that time.
It said in a post on Facebook on Wednesday, “Something very unusual happened in Washington County. During the day, an explosion was seen flying through the sky.”
The museum also talked about how most fireballs are seen at night because their light is easy to see against the dark background. The post said that this event is “extremely rare.”
In a statement, Darryl Pitt, the head of the museum’s meteorite section, said, “If a fireball is bright enough to be seen in broad daylight, it would have been very bright at night.”
“The fact that Doppler radar has picked up meteorites falling through the air just a few miles above the ground proves that there are meteorites out there waiting to be found.”
Pitt also said that “the museum will also buy other fireball pieces that are found.” The prize is only for the kilogram.
“Depending on what kind of meteorite this is, a single piece could be worth a lot of gold,” he said.
The American Meteor Society heard from six different people who saw the very bright fireball on Saturday. Northeast Maine made up half of the reports that were sent in.
A person who saw a meteorite said it had a “long glowing tail [but no smoke].” Someone else said it was “bright red” and that its tail was “very white.”
That person said, “It was so bright, especially against the clear blue sky.”
Nasa said that this is the first time a radar has seen a rock fall in Maine. The event was only seen for 4 minutes and 40 seconds.
The museum said, “Anyone who finds a piece must bring it to the museum to be recognized. Al Falster, who works in their research lab, can help you set up a time to do this. The results will be ready in five to ten working days.”
The museum said, “Specimens with advanced plant matter are not from this fireball event.” “Also, please remember that you need permission from the land owner BEFORE you go meteorite hunting.”