Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth USD100K

He suddenly decided to find out how much his door stop is worth after 30 long years He suddenly decided to find out how much his door stop is worth after 30 long years
Frank Williams | 10 October, 2018, 20:40

The man lived at the farm for years, but took the rock with him when he moved away.

Mona Sirbescu told him it's the sixth-largest meteorite found in MI, saying: "I could tell right away that this was something special".

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

A man in MI recently learned that a large rock he'd been using as a doorstop for about thirty years is a rare meteorite with an estimated value of $100,000.

For Sirbescu throughout her career, this has been a regular request, with no exciting outcomes.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said.

On Jan. 17, MI experienced a meteor flash that shook the state and left small rocks scattered in Livingston County as it blew apart entering the atmosphere.

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It turned out to be "an iron-nickel meteorite with about 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel".

In 1988, an unnamed man bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan and was being toured around the property when he spotted a large, strange-looking rock holding the door of a shed open.

"A meteorite", the farmer said matter-of-factly. The next morning the farmer and his father discovered the crater and dug out the meteorite, which was still quite warm.

The original owner told him he had seen the space rock come down on the property way back in the 1930s and that "it made a heck of a noise when it hit". Apparently, for decades this rock remained unnoticed as a doorstep and now, it turns out that it's a meteorite, which is worth $100,000, 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.

Mr Mazurek said that when he sells the meteorite, he will donate some of the money to the university.

It is reported that though the meteorite has not been sold yet, Smithsonian Museum and another collector are interested in buying it, and pieces of it may also be cut for research purposes.

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