Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K


The unnamed man reportedly came into possession of the 22-pound rock when he bought a farm from a family who said that the object was a meteorite.

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sibescu said that of all her time at the university, this is the first "rock" she's tested that actually turned out to be a meteorite.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said in a statement.

"Within seconds, I knew it was a real one", Sirbescu said when she saw the meteorite.

For double verification, a slice of it was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which validated it was in fact a meteorite, according to the press release.

Mazurek says the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.

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A rock that was used as a doorstop on a MI farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000.

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

According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years.

An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel. It will be used as funding for students of earth and atmospheric sciences.

And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000. He is considered the guru of iron meteorites, Sirbescu said, and is doing a neutron activation analysis to determine its chemical composition. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.

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

As CMU notes, the man has pledged to donate 10% of the sale price to the university as a token of gratitude for helping him identify it.