Friday, 16 November, 2018

Man makes shocking discovery about 30-year-old doorstop

Frank Williams | 05 October, 2018, 23:44

According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years.

Upon purchasing it, he noticed a large rock holding the door open, according to Central Michigan University.

A Michigan-based man was gifted the rock by a farmer in 1988 when he bought his property.

The meteorite's owner was identified by WOOD-TV as David Mazurek.

The chunk of iron-which was confirmed as a space rock by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum.

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

The meteorite weighs over 22 pounds (10 kilograms), which makes it the sixth largest found in MI.

He asked the then-homeowner about it who told him it was a meteorite which the farmer had discovered on the property in the 1930s.

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An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel.

But tests are underway at UCLA to see if it contains rare elements that would bump up the value.

In January, however, the owner learned that people were selling meteorites for money, and he wanted to know if the one he had was worth anything.

The owner thought little of it and kept it as a door stop, until recently when he made a decision to find out how much his odd rock was worth.

"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 in a statement. The Smithsonian considered buying the meteorite for display. She said it will likely be called the "Edmore meteorite". He is considered the guru of iron meteorites, Sirbescu said, and is doing a neutron activation analysis to determine its chemical composition. Whatever amount he winds up donating, Sirbescu said her students, the university and herself have already been beneficiaries of the find. A museum in ME is also interested.

The owner promised to give 10 percent of the sale value to CMU.

"A piece of the early solar system literally fell into our hands", Dr Sirbescu said in a video made by the university to promote its discovery.

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