Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

Doorstop turns out to be a meteorite worth $100K

Doorstop turns out to be a meteorite worth $100K

"I could tell right away that this was something special", she said of the 22-plus pound meteorite, described as the sixth-largest recorded find in MI and worth potentially $100,000.

The finding was recently detailed by Central Michigan University, where geology faculty member Mona Sirbescu was asked to take a look at the unusual 22lbs rock.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu stated in a assertion from the university on Thursday.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was aware of the rock's provenance from the time he bought the house in Edmore in 1988.

After testing, she concluded it was a meteorite, consisted of 11.5% nickel and 88.5% iron.

Weighing 22 pounds, it's also the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and is believed to be worth $100,000, according to CMU. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

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.

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He asked the then homeowner about it and was told it was a meteorite found on the property in the 1930s. In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite.

David says his kids took the space rock to "show and tell" at school.

Meteorites are broken-off pieces of asteroids that come from outer space and enter the earth's atmosphere.

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

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.

Now, the space rock, dubbed Edmore meteorite, is waiting to find a permanent home. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite.

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

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