Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

A MI man sat with a valuable meteorite on his property for decades, even sometimes using it as a doorstop.

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

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Sibescu said. She analyzed the meteorite and observed it was about was 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel. "This is it - I am holding this space rock that tells us so much about the origins of the universe".

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., corroborated Sirbescu's analysis that the 22-pound "rock" is, indeed, a meteorite, and is apparently the sixth-largest of its type to be discovered in MI. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

Dr Sirbescu sent a sample of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, which confirmed her findings.

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The rock landed on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its proprietor, who procured it in 1988 when he purchased a farm in Edmore, roughly 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant. The then owner told the man it was part of the property, and he could keep it.

A United States farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s.

The man, who lived on the farm for a few years, moved, and took the meteorite with him.

It's a story that began out of this world almost a hundred years ago when a meteorite crashed down to earth near Edmore, Michigan.

Now, the space rock, dubbed Edmore meteorite, is waiting to find a permanent home.

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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 Institution and a museum in ME are interested in purchasing the meteorite to put on display.

The man said that the original farmer said he heard the meteorite come crashing down, "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit".

Mazurek says that when he sells the meteorite, he'll donate some of the money to the university.

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