MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $100K meteorite

It's the sixth largest meteorite found in MI, according to the university.

The 22-plus-pound meteorite turned out to be the sixth-largest in MI and was valued at $100,000. "I could tell right away that this was something special", Sirbescu explained in a statement published by the university.

Despite the rock's out-of-this-world origin, the farmer threw it in with his property, and Mazurek kept it for more than three decades.

Now, the Smithsonian Institution is considering making an offer on the space rock.

Central Michigan University The meteorite was reportedly found on a farm in Edmore, Michigan, in the 1930s. Mona Sirbescu, a geology professor from the school, just confirmed that the doorstop is, in fact, a meteorite. She examined it and determined the meteorite was 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel.

The Smithsonian and another museum in Maine have already expressed interest in the rock, and Sirbescu called it "the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

He says the meteorite came with the barn he bought in Edmore back in 1988.

This rock might be worth as much as The Rock. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch.

Then, "I said, wait a minute". According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the meteorite for display, according to CMU.

You probably don't have many incredibly valuable artifacts laying around your house, but if you did you nearly certainly wouldn't be using them as doorstops, right? Whatever amount he winds up donating, Sirbescu said her students, the university and herself have already been beneficiaries of the find.

The owner promised to give 10 percent of the sale value to CMU.

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