Man's doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100Gs

06 October, 2018, 15:39 | Author: Dwayne Harmon
  • Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

Inspired by news stories of recovering valuable meteorites, he took the rock to Central Michigan University (CMU) for analysis.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no"-meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday, CNN reports".

"I was exhilarated", said Sirbescu.

The almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University.

"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.

Sirbescu said this is the sixth-largest meteorite on record to be found in MI.

The new owner came into possession of the meteorite after the farm was sold in 1988. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

This January, southern MI experienced a meteor flash that showered fragments of space rock all over Livingston County.

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What makes the meteorite found in MI unique is that it is 88% iron and 12% nickel. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch.

"I said, 'Wait a minute".

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000. For the past thirty years, he has used it as a doorstop and sent it off to school with his children for show-and-tell.

Professor Monaliza Sirbescu shows off a meteorite that's been in a Grand Rapids man's home for years.

It has been named the Edmore meteorite, after the place in which it fell.

A mineral museum is also looking at buying the rock.

The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the sale value to the university. This is apparently something that happens quite frequently to Sirbescu, who is part of the university's department of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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