MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100000 meteorite

Katie Ramirez
October 8, 2018

According to Central Michigan University, the 22-pound meteorite rock was brought in to be examined by an unnamed man who said he had been using it as a doorstop for several decades.

Sirbescu says people ask her all the time if odd rocks they found are meteorites.

Even though Dr. Sirbescu knew exactly what it was, it had to be sent to the Smithsonian Museum for verification, it wasn't until Thursday word came back it definitively is a meteorite, the 6th largest ever found in MI.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu added, noting that the meteorite is composed of of 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel. The meteorite is worth an estimated $100,000.

Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution. The farm's previous owner told him it was a meteorite that he and his father saw come down on their property in the 1930s.

Mazurek asked what the rock was, and the farmer offered a surprising answer: it was a meteorite.

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The owner of the meteorite said he inherited the rock when he bought a farm in 1988.

A USA farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s.

David says his kids took the space rock to "show and tell" at school.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", she said. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" the man said.

More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements.

The Smithsonian Institution and a museum in ME are interested in purchasing the meteorite to put on display. Whatever amount he winds up donating, Sirbescu said her students, the university and herself have already been beneficiaries of the find. If a sale goes through, the man has agreed to give 10% of the sale value to the university for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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