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Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth USD100K

10 October 2018

That's what happened to a MI man.

For 30 years, a man used a meteorite as a doorstop, not knowing that it was a rather valuable one worth $100,000.

"Meteor-wrong" is the somewhat humorous word used to describe rocks that were wrongfully believed to be meteorites but turns out to be simple rocks.

University Geology Professor Mona Sirbescu first identified the piece as more than just a rock. However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now.

According to Central Michigan University, he acquired the twenty-two-pound space object when he purchased a farmhouse, where it was being used to hold open a door.

The man lived at the farm for years, but took the rock with him when he moved away.

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After examining the rock Sirbescu determined that the rock was indeed a meteorite. Its composition, 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel, proved it authentic, and an analysis at the Smithsonian verified the conclusion. There is more to it.

For years, the MI man used space rock as a doorstep. Weighing 22 pounds, it's potentially worth $100,000, as per the university. The institution validated it to be a meteorite, mentioned the report. The farmer agreed to give them 10 percent of the value of the meteorite to study the earth Sciences and the atmosphere.

The rock arrived on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its owner, who obtained it in 1988 when he bought a farm in Edmore, about 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant. He noticed the rock in the property and the farmer informed him that it was a meteorite, which was a part of the property; so he could have it. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.

As for naming the asteroid: both Sirbescu and the Smithsonian agree that "Edmore" fits the bill.

Sirbescu further added that "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".

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the specimen.

Rock used as doorstop is actually a meteorite worth USD100K