Monday, 22 October, 2018

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

The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in Michigan SCIENCE Grand Rapids man's doorstop is $100,000 meteorite The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in Michigan
Kristen Harrington | 08 October, 2018, 06:35

A 22-pound rock that has been propping open a door in Michigan for decades turns out to be a meteorite valued at $100,000, according to Central Michigan University.

The unnamed man reportedly came into possession of the 22-pound rock when he bought a farm from a family who said that the object was a meteorite.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no"-meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday, CNN reports".

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Mona Sirbescu, a geologist at Central Michigan University said. Most iron meteorites are generally comprised of anywhere between 90 and 95 percent iron, with the rest made up nickel, iridium, gallium and occasionally gold.

After analysis, the space rock was determined to contain 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel, which is rarely found on Earth.

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The meteorite weighs over 22 pounds (10 kilograms), which makes it the sixth largest found in MI.

Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution.

David says the man who sold him the barn described the unbelievable tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard. The then owner told the man it was part of the property, and he could keep it.

The new owner lived on the farm a few years, and when he moved, he took the mystery rock with him.

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

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This year, the man was inspired by stories of MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites. Besides, a museum in ME is also interested in purchasing the space rock.

Central Michigan University estimates the meteorite's value at around $100,000.

The meteorite's anonymous owner is promising to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the university.

"A piece of the early solar system literally fell into our hands", Dr Sirbescu said in a video made by the university to promote its discovery. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" the man said.

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