MI man learns meteorite he's been using as doorstop is worth $100,000

MI man learns meteorite he's been using as doorstop is worth $100,000

A MI man had been using what he thought was a large, 22-pound rock to prop open a door at his home for the last three decades - except it turned out to be a meteorite, and reportedly worth more than $100,000.

Mona Sirbescu, a CMU geology professor, gets asked all the time by people to examine the rocks they bring her - but none ever turn out to be an official space rock.

"The answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said jokingly.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", she said.

"It is heavy it is made of iron and nickel, it is 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel", says Sirbescu.

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", she said.

Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution. He says the farmer who sold him the property told a tale about his father seeing it fall from the sky and then digging it out of a hole in the 1930s.

A new buyer soon moved to Grand rapids, he would sometimes let the kids take it for essays in school, this man had no idea what "guest from space" can cost a small fortune.

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

Now, the space rock, dubbed Edmore meteorite, is waiting to find a permanent home. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" Mazurek said. A mineral museum is also looking at buying the rock. 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.

In January, the man chose to learn once and for all about the value of the doorstep.



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