Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $141,000 meteorite

Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $141,000 meteorite

The 22-pound meteorite was examined under x-ray fluorescence scanning which determined that it was composed of 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel (a metal that is relatively rare on Earth).

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sirbescu said in the release. All that changed when an unnamed man from Grand Rapids, Michigan asked her to examine a rock he had in his possession since he bought a farm in 1988.

You probably don't have many incredibly valuable artifacts laying around your house, but if you did you nearly certainly wouldn't be using them as doorstops, right?

The farmer told the man that as it was part of the property, he could have it.

The original owner told him he had seen the space rock come down on the property way back in the 1930s and that "it made a heck of a noise when it hit". They say it's worth around $100,000, and is the sixth largest meteorite found in MI. In the morning they found the crater and dug it out.

Then, in January, when a meteor struck southeast Michigan, Mazurek got curious after seeing reports of meteorite pieces being worth thousands of dollars.

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It's a story that began out of this world almost a hundred years ago when a meteorite crashed down to earth near Edmore, Michigan. It will be used as funding for students of earth and atmospheric sciences.

Sirbescu said this is the sixth-largest meteorite on record to be found in MI.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the meteorite for display, according to CMU.

The owner is considering selling the meteorite to a museum or collector, and has promised to give 10 percent of the sale to the university, the university said.

But Sirbescu said she knew "within seconds" that this rock was special. While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was.

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

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