December 17, 2018

MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

08 October 2018, 05:25 | Ross Houston

SCIENCE Grand Rapids man's doorstop is $100,000 meteorite The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in Michigan

The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in Michigan

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sirbescu gets asked all the time if rocks people possess are meteorites, valuable rocks from space.

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

"I could tell right away that this was something special", said Sibescu.

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. She then sent two small slices of the rock to the Smithsonian for confirmation.

The owner of the meteorite said he inherited the rock when he bought a farm in 1988.

Oh, and it's also a meteorite that he says hurtled to the Earth in the 1930s, according to a news release from Central Michigan University. 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.

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The Smithsonian Institution is considering purchasing the meteorite, Central Michigan University said.

David says his kids took the space rock to "show and tell" at school.

"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. "I wonder how much mine is worth?'" according to CNN.

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

You probably don't have many incredibly valuable artifacts laying around your house, but if you did you nearly certainly wouldn't be using them as doorstops, right?

"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 explained. As CMU notes, the man has pledged to donate 10% of the sale price to the university as a token of gratitude for helping him identify it. Besides, a museum in ME is also interested in purchasing the space rock.

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