There is an exceptionally rare metallic asteroid lurking between Mars and Jupiter - and the thing puts the value of the Earth's entire economy to shame.
To put the space rock's potential market value into perspective, the entire world economy was valued at roughly $142 trillion in 2019.
Now, NASA's Hubble Telescope gives us a closer look at the object which, scientists say, is worth around $10,000 quadrillion, or $10,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Hubble discovered "16 Psyche," a unique piece of heavy metal that's one of the biggest objects in the Solar System's main asteroid belt tucked between the Red Planet and Jupiter, Forbes reports.
The asteroid - which is so dense it is believed to be a leftover core of a planet that failed to develop into a "protoplanet" - is approximately 230 million miles away from our planet and measures 140 miles across - about the size of West Virginia.
The interesting thing about 16 Psyche is that it is almost entirely made up of rare metals, and it isn't rocky like other asteroids, scientists said.
According to Tracy Becker, a planetary scientist at the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, Texas, they have seen meteorites that are mostly made up of metal, "but 16 Psyche could be unique in that it might be an asteroid that is totally made of iron and nickel," The Observer quoted him as saying.
Scientists studied the Psyche at two points during its rotation to take an in-depth look at both sides at ultraviolet wavelengths. They discovered its surface could be mostly iron, but warned that even a tiny amount of iron would overwhelm UV results.
"16 Psyche is the only known object of its kind in the Solar System, and this is the only way humans will ever visit a core," explained Lindy Elkins-Tanton, a NASA mission lead scientist and director of Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration.