Rock used as a doorstop for decades is actually a $100,000 meteorite

Katie Ramirez
October 10, 2018

Not only was it indeed a space rock, but a spectacular one at that. And that's exactly what happened to a lucky guy in MI.

Later, the man found out the humble doorstep rock actually worth a whopping $100,000 dollars as it is 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel that is very rare to find on earth.

Professor of Geology at the University of MI claims that for 18 years they have brought any stones, but not meteorites.

After examining the rock Sirbescu determined that the rock was indeed a meteorite. However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now.

A man in MI will soon be richer by thousands of dollars - thanks to a meteorite he had been using as a doorstop for 30 years. But the best test for a suspected meteorite is still a laboratory test to confirm its components, particularly its nickel component because while nickel is rather rare on Earth, it is nearly always present in meteorites.

The rock arrived on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its owner, who obtained it in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore, about 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant.

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Throughout her tenure, Sirbescu has frequently been asked to examine specimens of alleged space rocks, to see if they were worth any money.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu said. The previous owner of the farm told him it was a meteorite that he and his father saw coming down at a night on their property in the 1930s. The institution validated it to be a meteorite, mentioned the report.

The farmer told the man that as it was part of the property, he could have it.

As for naming the asteroid: both Sirbescu and the Smithsonian agree that "Edmore" fits the bill.

It is reported that though the meteorite has not been sold yet, Smithsonian Museum and another collector are interested in buying it, and pieces of it may also be cut for research purposes. 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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