Thursday, 13 December, 2018


MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

Kristine Garrett | 06 October, 2018, 03:59

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday.

"I walked in there and there's this rock and i said you got everything all cleaned up but what's this? and he said oh that's a meteorite", says David, who owns the meteorite.

Even though Dr. Sirbescu knew exactly what it was, it had to be sent to the Smithsonian Museum for verification, it wasn't until Thursday word came back it definitively is a meteorite, the 6th largest ever found in MI.

The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in MI.

The man had the meteorite with him since 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore. The farmer claimed the rock had fallen in the 1930s and that the new owner could have it since it was "part of the property".

What's 88.5 percent iron, 11.5 percent nickel and worth $100,000?

He asked the then homeowner about it and was told it was a meteorite found on the property in the 1930s. "This is it - I am holding this space rock that tells us so much about the origins of the universe".

When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the mystery rock, which he has kept as a doorstop and a show-and-tell item for his kids in school. The farmer and his father recovered it in the morning, digging it free - it was reportedly still warm to the touch when retrieved. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" Mazurek said.

"I said, 'Wait a minute".

The largest meteorite found on Earth was the Hoba in Namibia, weighing 66 tons.

"The story goes that it was collected immediately after they witnessed the big boom and the actual meteorite was dug out from a crater", Sirbescu said, but added that the tale has been passed down without eyewitness confirmations.

An additional sample was sent to John Wasson, professor emeritus in the Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences department at the University of California, Los Angeles, who will conduct a neutron activation analysis to determine the full chemical composition of the meteorite and potentially reveal rare elements that could increase its value.

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