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Rock used as a doorstop for decades is actually a $100,000 meteorite

10 October 2018

That's what happened to a MI man. However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now.

He fell to the Ground somewhere in the 1930-ies, and came to its owner in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore.

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A farmer who'd used a 23-pound rock as a doorstop since 1988 has learned that it's actually a meteorite worth $100,000 (£76,000).

According to Professor Sirbescu, it has been 18 years of "no" and finally when she saw the MI man brought the rock to the university, she knew this was it!

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But that all changed when she was asked to examine an oddly shaped large rock that a MI man, who didn't want to be named, had had in his possession for the last 30 years. However, this time, when the man pulled the meteorite out of the bag, Sirbescu states that she knew within seconds that this was a real one. According to the owner, the lump he got together with a farm and to check its authenticity, he decided, after reading stories as profitable to sell the meteorites. This rock is not only a space rock but also the sixth-largest recorded discovery in MI. The meteorite is 85.5% iron and 11.5% nickel.

Throughout her tenure, Sirbescu has frequently been asked to examine specimens of alleged space rocks, to see if they were worth any money. She then sent two small slices of the rock to the Smithsonian for confirmation. The institution validated it to be a meteorite, mentioned the report. As the new owner of the property, the man was told that the rock was a part of the property and that he could have it. The next morning the farmer and his father discovered the crater and dug out the meteorite, which was still quite warm. Millions of meteorites enter the Earth's atmosphere every year but the vast majority vaporise before they can make it to the ground, making intact specimens highly valuable.

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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. The man didn't want his name to be out but promised 10 percent of the profits for the earth and atmospheric sciences studies.

Rock used as a doorstop for decades is actually a $100,000 meteorite