The Wedderburn meteorite is an iron meteorite discovered in 1951 near the town of Wedderburn in the state of Victoria, Australia.
In 2019 it was announced that edscottite, a mineral previously not found in nature, had been identified in a sample of the Wedderburn meteorite. It is believed the mineral was created in the core of another planet.
This meteorite is significant as it contains one of the rarest minerals on earth, named edscottite. The mineral was likely forged in the molten core of an ancient planet long since destroyed, and then strewn across the solar system.
This meteorite was found a few miles from Wedderburn by Charles Bell, who donated it to the Geological Survey Museum in September 1951. When found, it was merely a lemon-sized lump of metal with a mass of 210 grams. Since it was brought to scientific attention in the early 1950s, this little Victorian meteorite has been studied by leading meteorite researchers at some of the world’s most renowned scientific institutions. It has since been classified as belonging to one of the rarest sub-groups, known as 1AB sLH, out of all the recorded iron-nickel meteorites.
A research team based at the University of California Los Angeles and the California Institute of Technology were able to study a thin slice of the meteorite and found it contained tiny grains of an entirely new mineral, an iron carbide with a chemical formula Fe5C2, named edscottite in honour of pioneering cosmochemist Professor Edward R Scott at the University of Hawai’i.
Mines Department (Geological Survey of Victoria) Collection
Number Of Specimens
Hand specimen and vial
Date specimen found
Meteorites and Tektites/Impactites
Type of Item
Nearest Named Place
4.5 km north-east of Wedderburn