Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

In this September 14, 2018 photo provided by Central Michigan University, Monaliza Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences shows off a 22-plus pound meteorite that was being used as a doorstop on a farm in Edmore, Mich.

To test her suspicions, Sirbescu immediately began examining the properties of the iron, such as its magnetism, weight and composition.

In fact, the almost 23-pound hunk of iron and nickel is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University.

Scientists studied this space rock at Central Michigan University.

This guy, who wanted to remain anonymous, bought a property in Edmore, Michigan, in 1998.

To be sure about what did she find there, Mona Sirbescu sent the space rock to the Smithsonian Institution for a second opinion.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", said Sibescu, who determined the meteorite is made of 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel. This is the rags-to-riches story of a rock from outer space. The then owner told the man it was part of the property, and he could keep it.

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A U.S. farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s.

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

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.

Like the farmer, he just thought it was "cool to look at", and let his children take it to school for show and tell.

Professor Monaliza Sirbescu shows off a meteorite that's been in a Grand Rapids man's home for years. "I wonder how much mine is worth?'" according to CNN. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.

The meteorite's owner said he will donate 10 per cent of the sale amount to the university.

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