Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
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MI man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

The man then chose to take his rock to Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences at Central Michigan University.

The man had the meteorite with him since 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore. A man in MI discovered that the big hunk of malformed rock that was once propped open a door on a farm he bought is actually worth as much as $100,000.

He kept it for 30 years - also using it as a doorstop and sending it to school with his children for show and tell. She examined it and determined the meteorite was 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

Geology faculty member Monica Sirbescu shared that an unidentified man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, approached her to check out his 22.5-pound meteorite. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.

The charred hunk of space debris is the sixth largest meteorite ever found in the state, and it's estimated worth tops $100,000.

David says the man who sold him the barn described the wonderful tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard. "I wonder what mine is worth", Mazurek said in the release.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector.

The Smithsonian Institution is considering purchasing the meteorite, Central Michigan University said. If it doesn't buy the entire rock, the slice will stay in its collection. This is apparently something that happens quite frequently to Sirbescu, who is part of the university's department of earth and atmospheric sciences. They all have agreed to name it the Edmore meteorite, she said. There is a possibility that the analysis could reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

The process has been an invaluable lesson for Sirbescu and her students.

Then, "I said, wait a minute. This is it - I am holding this space rock that tells us so much about the origins of the universe".

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