Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth $100K

Central Michigan University CMU geology faculty member Mona Sirbescu holds the 22.5 pound meteorite used as a doorstop for decades.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said in a statement. "It was brought by this gentleman and within minutes, within seconds i knew it was a real one", says Dr. Monaliza Sirbescu, CMU Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

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

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.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is a meteorite worth more than $100,000.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a farm in Edmore, Mich., in 1988. The iron and nickel meteorite is the sixth largest meteorite found in Michigan, according to the Smithsonian Museum and Central Michigan University.

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The farmer told him it was a meteorite, that it was part of the property and he could have it.

When the original farmer and his father went out to examine the damages the next morning, they discovered a crater, and in it, the meteorite.

Like the farmer, he just thought it was "cool to look at", and let his children take it to school for show and tell.

More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements. According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years.

"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.

The Smithsonian Institution and a mineral museum in ME are now looking into purchasing the meteorite for display.

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