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Man discovers rock used as doorstop is meteorite worth $100K

The rock used as a doorstop was determined to be a 22-pound meteorite The rock used as a doorstop was determined to be a 22-pound meteorite
Theresa Hayes | 08 October, 2018, 06:37

A MI man curious about a rock he'd used for decades as a doorstop now knows its secret: it's a meteorite worth $100,000.

This year, however, the man made a decision to find out everything about the mysterious rock, so he took it to Mona Siberscu at Central Michigan University's College of Science and Engineering.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu stated in a assertion from the university on Thursday.

This guy, who wanted to remain anonymous, bought a property in Edmore, Michigan, in 1998. "I could tell right away that this was something special".

After analysis, the space rock was determined to contain 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel, which is rarely found on Earth. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s. The farmer and his father recovered it in the morning, digging it free - it was reportedly still warm to the touch when retrieved.

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.

Opportunity came knocking this year when he learned about MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites.

Then, "I said, wait a minute".

However, the Michigan man stated that, regardless of how much money he makes with the meteorite, he will donate 10% to the Central Michigan University.

The man reportedly hasn't figured out exactly where the meteorite will end up, but a number of institutions are apparently considering purchasing it from him for display. Decades later, he made a decision to get the rock checked out after reading stories about a fireball of a meteorite that broke up over the Midwest in January.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.