I believe that many friends have hobbies of collecting, and in the collecting world, it can be said that there are many varieties. Whether it is historical celebrities, calligraphy and painting, or other antiques, there will be no different people. In recent years, a new column has appeared in the collection world, that is, meteorite collection.
I believe everyone is familiar with meteorites. They are also called “meteorites”. They are cosmic meteors or dust fragments that have departed from their original orbits outside of the earth and scattered quickly to the surface of the earth or other planets. A mixture of stone and iron.
In addition to the eight planets, the solar system itself has a large number of asteroids and other dust fragments that cannot be counted. Therefore, a varying number of various fragments fall into the earth’s atmosphere every year. It became a meteorite on the ground. Of course, the size of these meteorites is very small, and it is not easy to be noticed by us.
According to incomplete statistics, there are about 500 meteorites that fall on the earth every year. Originally, these meteorites were just ordinary stones on alien planets. But because they come from outside the world, they are paid attention to by many people. Attention coupled with rarity, meteorites have begun to enter the treasure trove of collectors. In recent years, as some people continue to hype, meteorites have become a hot spot in the collectors world.
The meteorite fever after the enthusiasm has driven the entire meteorite collection community. People are paying more and more attention to meteorites, which makes the value of meteorites higher and higher. It was originally a very ordinary alien planet stone, but now its value per gram even exceeds that of gold. This is an incredible phenomenon. The emergence of meteorite fever has created one more human industry, and that is the meteorite hunter.
These meteorite hunters often squat in some places where a meteorite may fall. When the meteorite falls on the ground, they will look for the meteorite in a certain range. Don’t underestimate these meteorite hunters. They are often very professional personnel. It is basically impossible for us ordinary people to become a meteorite hunter.
Because we do not have a lot of professional knowledge, even if a meteorite is placed in front of you, you will not recognize it. Moreover, to find meteorites that have fallen on the earth, some knowledge of astronomy and geography is required. It can be said that this is a relatively professional industry.
Many people collect meteorites because they see the value of these meteorites and believe that they will become more and more valuable in the future. It has a higher appreciation potential than other celebrities, calligraphy and painting or other antiques. Is this really the case? Is the value of meteorites high? Will it continue to appreciate in the future? If you think so, you are wrong.
In fact, from the perspective of the future, meteorites are worthless. They are no different from ordinary rocks that we can see everywhere on the earth. Its value lies in the fact that it comes from outer planets. The reason why scientists search for these meteorites is to learn more about the causes of other planets in space through these meteorites.
In fact, the meteorites that fall on the earth basically come from the solar system, and the more valuable ones are Martian meteorites, which are stones from Mars. Of course, there are still some differences between the meteorites that fell on the earth and the original stones. The difference is that the stones of foreign planets continue to rub and burn after entering the atmosphere, and some special patterns and shapes will be formed on the surface through combustion.
Some collectors think that it has a very high collection value after seeing these patterns. In fact, such patterns are of no value at all. The reason why it is said that meteorites will have no value in the future is that human science and technology are constantly improving, and aerospace technology is also constantly improving. Now we want to explore the moon, and we can only explore Mars through a probe.
The rocks on the moon can only be recovered in a small amount by the probe, and the rocks on Mars have not yet been transported back by the probe. But will this situation last for a long time? The answer is no. According to the predictions of scientists, humans will be able to initially make manned landings on Mars within the next 10 years, or even establish a preliminary base on Mars.
Within a few decades, travel to the moon and travel to Mars may become a reality. If we ordinary people can also travel to the moon, travel to Mars or travel to other planets in the solar system, are there any value in meteorites at this time? The answer is no. Because, when we can freely cross the solar system, whether it is a rock from the moon or a rock from Mars, we can easily bring it back to the earth.
For scientists, now they will search for Martian meteorites to study Mars, but such searches will not exist in the future. Because we have conquered Mars, we can get all kinds of rock samples on Mars, so Martian meteorites are naturally no longer needed. At that time, the value of Martian meteorites may only be higher than ordinary rocks on Earth.
It can be seen that, in essence, meteorites are actually no different from ordinary ones on the earth, and they are even inferior to the resource ores on the earth. The reason why they are precious now is mainly because human space technology is still a bit backward, and we are still unable to cross the solar system freely. When these constraints are gone, the solar system is our back garden. At that time, the value of the stones on the outer planet is the same as the stones on the earth.
Ordinary stones on the earth are basically used for construction, which is tens or hundreds of yuan per ton, which is very cheap. And now the value of meteorites is higher than that of gold, which is artificially speculated. Some people might say that even if the space age arrives in the future, we can easily get the Martian stone, but it cannot be compared with the Martian meteorite. The reason is that the Martian meteorite has been burned by the atmosphere.
In fact, the above cognition is very ridiculous. What is the difference between atmospheric friction and burning of ordinary rocks on our planet in a high-temperature furnace? In fact, there is not much difference. Martian meteorites have been burnt in the Earth’s atmosphere. Although they have some special patterns on the surface, does this burning change the composition of the stone? Can the original iron element become gold element? The answer is impossible.
There is no difference in composition between the Martian meteorite after atmospheric combustion and the original stone on Mars. It turned out to be iron ore after iron ore turned into meteorite, not gold ore. Therefore, when the space age arrives, meteorites will lose their value veil and become worthless. It is an ordinary alien stone.
Of course, not all meteorites have no appreciation value. There is a kind of meteorite that still has a broad appreciation value, that is, meteorites from distant galaxies outside the solar system. We must know that the universe is very vast, and the distance is measured in light years. There are some asteroids, dust or fragments, which may cross the starry space, come to the solar system after a long time, and then accidentally land on the earth.
If it is such a meteorite, its value is difficult to estimate. Before human beings become a real interstellar civilization and can explore other galaxies outside the solar system, this type of interstellar meteorite naturally has great potential for appreciation. Because this kind of meteorite has very high scientific research value, we can understand some conditions of other galaxies outside the solar system through it.
However, the number of such interstellar meteorites is extremely rare, and 99.9% of the meteorites that fall on the earth come from the solar system. So they will not have any appreciation potential in the future, they will only depreciate more and more