"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.
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.