Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Man uses $100,000 meteorite as doorstop for decades

Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $100K meteorite Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $100K meteorite
Frank Williams | 08 October, 2018, 17:21

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Sirbescu explained in a statement published by the university.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", Sirbescu said of the meteorite. When the man asked the former homeowner about the intriguing rock, the ex-owner revealed that it is a meteorite that smashed on the property back in the 30s.

A rock that was used as a doorstop on a MI farm for decades has been identified as a meteorite worth $100,000.

He reached out to Mona Sirbescu, a geology professor at Central Michigan University, to examine the oddly shaped rock.

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.

"When I showed her, she grabbed the bag, said it was heavy and took it out and said, 'It's a meteorite, '" Mazurek said.

Sirbescu says people ask her all the time if odd rocks they found are meteorites.

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

Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution.

Mazurek says the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore.

David says the man who sold him the barn described the incredible tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.

The man also has agreed to give 10 percent of the potential sale value to CMU for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection. Let's get a buyer.

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