Monday, 15 October, 2018

Meteorite used as doorstop for years may be worth $100,000

The rock used as a doorstop was determined to be a 22-pound meteorite The rock used as a doorstop was determined to be a 22-pound meteorite
Doris Mccormick | 08 October, 2018, 17:24

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sirbescu gets asked all the time if rocks people possess are meteorites, valuable rocks from space. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", she said.

Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution.

The man contacted Sirbescu, who identified the rock as a meteorite composed of about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel.

The man said that he was able to discover the meteorite's origins, noting that he'd spoken with the farmer who'd originally discovered the space rock in the 1930s. The previous owner had informed him the rock had landed there after a meteor shower in the 1930s, according to Central Michigan University's College.

"It was in the barn, one of the outside sheds, just laying on a shelf", David Mazurek said.

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

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The man told Sirbescu that he kept the rock for the next 30 years, even after moving away from the farm.

"A piece of the early solar system literally fell into our hands", Dr Sirbescu said in a video made by the university to promote its discovery.

However, the Michigan man stated that, regardless of how much money he makes with the meteorite, he will donate 10% to the Central Michigan University.

After this the farmer took the stone to the University of MI, research staff after the study stated that the boulder is composed of Nickel and iron, and its estimated cost almost $ 100,000.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector.

"I'm done using it as a doorstop", Mazurek told the station.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU.

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