By BRIDGET COOK
CASEY residents have the chance to hold a piece of history with a Devon Meadows collector obtaining a piece of the meteorite that showered over Russia in February.
Crystal World owner and fossil and mineral collector Tom Kapitany has paid more than $1000 for a piece of the meteorite, which is about the size of a 20 cent piece.
On 15 February this year a meteor, believed to be the largest object to hit Earth in more than a century, landed in Russia injuring more than 1000 people and damaging hundreds of buildings.
Through his contacts, Mr Kapitany managed to buy a piece of the meteor and is now giving Casey residents the chance to see and hold it.
“When we heard about the big fall in Russia, I knew I had to have a piece,” he said.
“This was a big, world-wide news event.
“Some people might like to feel and hold a real meteorite.
“It’s a rare thing and most other pieces will just disappear into different collections.”
Those interested can come and hold the meteorite for a gold coin donation, which will go to Australian Animal Rescue.
The meteorite can be viewed from noon to 5pm daily at Crystal World, 13 Olive Road, Devon Meadows.