Rock used as doorstop revealed to be meteorite worth $100K

Katie Ramirez
October 5, 2018

He contacted Central Michigan University who tested and confirmed that the rock was not only a meteorite, but a particularly large one at that.

A rock that was used as a doorstop on a MI farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000.

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?

The man contacted Sirbescu, who identified the rock as a meteorite composed of about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel. He added the man buying the property could have it.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", she said, noting that it's the sixth-largest meteorite found in MI.

Throughout her 18 years at Central Michigan University, Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences, has had many people ask her if the rock they had found was a meteorite. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.

The chunk of iron-which was confirmed as a space rock by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum.

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David says the man who sold him the barn described the fantastic tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard.

The man reportedly hasn't figured out exactly where the meteorite will end up, but a number of institutions are apparently considering purchasing it from him for display. If it can not purchase it, the slice will stay in the collection. She said it will likely be called the "Edmore meteorite".

A mineral museum in ME also was considering buying it, and the owner herself - a collector - said she might purchase it.

The process has been an invaluable lesson for Sirbescu and her students.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands".

The owner is considering selling the meteorite to a museum or collector, and has promised to give 10 percent of the sale to the university, the university said.

Central Michigan University The meteorite was reportedly found on a farm in Edmore, Michigan, in the 1930s.

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