The most expensive thing in the galaxy

What is The Most Expensive Thing in The Galaxy?

  • 16 Psyche is mainly metal, made up of iron, nickel and precious metals
  • On Earth, the iron would be worth $10,000 quadrillion
  • NASA will launch a mission to 16 Psyche in 2022 and it will arrive in 2026
  • If brought back to Earth, it would crash the worlds economy

This asteroid was found by Annibale de Gasparis on March 17, 1852 from Naples and named after the Greek nymph Psyche. The first fifteen asteroids to be found were given symbols by astronomers as a type of short-hand notation. In 1851, however, J. F. Encke suggested using a circled number. 16 Psyche was the first new asteroid to be found that was designated with this scheme (in 1852 by J. Ferguson).

What’s crazy is, if someone were able to get a hold of this unimaginably expensive rock, it would completely crash the world’s economy.

Radar observations indicate that it is made of iron-nickel. Psyche appears to be a case of an exposed metallic core from a bigger differentiated parent body. Unlike some other M-type asteroids, Psyche shows no sign of the presence of water or water-bearing minerals on its surface, consistent with its interpretation as a metallic body. Small amounts of pyroxene appear to be present.

If Psyche is the core remnant of a bigger parent body, we might expect other asteroids on similar orbits. Psyche does not belong to any asteroid family. One theory is that the collision occurred very early in the solar system’s history, and all the other remnants have since been ground into fragments by subsequent collisions or had their orbits perturbed beyond recognition.

The world’s economy right now is made up of around $74 trillion, that’s 74 with 12 zeros, and this rock is worth around $10 quintillion, which is 1 with 31 zeros or $1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,0000

16 Psyche is over 135,000 times the value of all the money on Earth.

NASA is interested in this asteroid, and is planning to send a spacecraft to explore it. They plan on studying it as it may have been a part of the core of an earlier planet. 

Asteroid to hit Earth Feb 1st!?

There’s an asteroid that might collide with the Earth on February 1st 2019, that’s a couple days away. I don’t want to scare anybody. The shocking truth is coming out today!

There’s absolutely no truth of a NASA cover up of asteroid 2002 NT7 hitting Earth. There’s also no truth of it hitting Earth at any time in the foreseeable future. The closest it will actually come to Earth is in 2199.

You can see the orbit of the asteroid on NASA’s JPL Small Body Database Browser.

Approach of 2002 NT7
Credit: NASA

When it was first discovered, the asteroid known as 2002 NT7 had a small chance of impacting the Earth on Feb 1st 2019. When this question was first answered, in 2004, the probability of that impact was about one in 100,000 (a very low risk). Now, based on the data we currently have (as of July 2015), this asteroid will NOT collide with Earth within the foreseeable future. On January 15, 2099, it will be 0.37 AU from Earth (more than 100 times the distance to the Moon), and that is the closest that it will come until after 2199.

The asteroid is large though, so if it were to impact Earth, it would do considerable damage. But compared to other asteroids, it’s on the smaller size range. That being said, it could actually cause a global disaster if it hit us.

When the asteroid hits, it would cause devastating damage to the impact zone and would throw an enormous amount of dust and debris into the atmosphere which could block out the Sun for several years or decades. This is referred to as “Impact Winter”, which is similar to “Nuclear Winter” but this is caused by an asteroid and not by nukes.