Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
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MI man's doorstop is $100,000 meteorite

MI man's doorstop is $100,000 meteorite

For years, the MI man used space rock as a doorstep. That's what happened to a MI man. Apparently, for decades this rock remained unnoticed as a doorstep and now, it turns out that it's a meteorite, which is worth $100,000, according to CMU.

University Geology Professor Mona Sirbescu first identified the piece as more than just a rock.

A MI man recently learned that this 10kg rock he used for decades as a doorstop on his farm was in fact a meteorite worth over $US100,000 ($141,700). However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now. However, this time, when the man pulled the meteorite out of the bag, Sirbescu states that she knew within seconds that this was a real one.

He fell to the Ground somewhere in the 1930-ies, and came to its owner in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore. 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.

Throughout her tenure, Sirbescu has frequently been asked to examine specimens of alleged space rocks, to see if they were worth any money. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

To accurately ascertain the origin of the stone, a piece was sent to the Smithsonian institution in Washington.

As per the owner, the rock landed on Earth during the 1930s. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.

The old owner told the man that since it was a part of the same property, so the new owner can take the meteorite too. While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was.

Sirbescu further added that "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". Now the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of minerals in ME are considering the purchase of Edmore.

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