Wednesday, 12 December, 2018


Meteorite worth $100000 was used as doorstop for years

Meteorite worth $100000 was used as doorstop for years Meteorite worth $100000 was used as doorstop for years
Kristine Garrett | 08 October, 2018, 06:37

Mona Sirbescu from Central Michigan University was asked by a local man to inspect the object he had kept for 30 years after finding it on a farm.

Central Michigan University says the 22-pound rock is a meteorite.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a farm in Edmore, Mich., in 1988. "I could tell right away that this was something special", Sirbescu explained in a statement published by the university. She examined it and determined the meteorite was 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel.

Mazurek asked what the rock was, and the farmer offered a surprising answer: it was a meteorite.

The 22-plus-pound meteorite turned out to be the sixth-largest in MI and was valued at $100,000.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", she added. A slice of the meteor was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for double verification, which verified it was in fact a meteorite, accordant to a press release.

David says the man who sold him the barn described the awesome tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard. 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".

A new buyer soon moved to Grand rapids, he would sometimes let the kids take it for essays in school, this man had no idea what "guest from space" can cost a small fortune.

Meteorites are broken-off pieces of asteroids that come from outer space and enter the earth's atmosphere.

"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", Sirbescu said. The meteorite is worth an estimated $100,000.

"I said, 'Wait a minute".

The man also has agreed to give 10 percent of the potential sale value to CMU for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000.

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