Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

30-Year-Old Doorstep Turns out to be a Rare Meteorite

30-Year-Old Doorstep Turns out to be a Rare Meteorite

The rock's true identity was confirmed by a geology professor at Central Michigan University.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", she said in a statement released by the Central Michigan University. But the best test for a suspected meteorite is still a laboratory test to confirm its components, particularly its nickel component because while nickel is rather rare on Earth, it is nearly always present in meteorites. This isn't just any space rock, though.

Experts said the almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI.

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

That composition is rare, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, reportedly considering acquiring the rock. He, however, came to own it only in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore from a farmer. While touring the property, the man inquired about this particular rock. He said the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

He fell to the Ground somewhere in the 1930-ies, and came to its owner in 1988In the US the farmer for about 30 years used a rock to prop the door for them. It was the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI.

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The new owner lived on the farm a few years, and when he moved, he took the mystery rock with him.

This year, the man was inspired by stories of MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites.

"I was exhilarated", Sirbescu said.

Recently he suddenly chose to find out how much his door stop is worth after a span of 30 years, and to his surprise, it turned out to be a meteorite which is worth a whopping $100,000 dollars. But imagine if a rock used for such purposes fetched you more than $100,000 (over Rs.70 lakhs in INR).

"What typically happens with these at this point is that meteorites can either be sold and shown in a museum or sold to collectors and sellers looking to make a profit", Sirbescu said. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.

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