MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100000 meteorite

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Geology faculty member Monica Sirbescu shared that an unidentified man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, approached her to check out his 22.5-pound meteorite.

The man then made a decision to take his rock to Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences at Central Michigan University.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically 'no, '" she said.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", she said.

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He inherited the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI.

Central Michigan University is now holding the meteorite.

But this chunk was from a much older asteroid: When the man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, bought his farm in the Edmore, Michigan, area in 1988, the previous owner told him that the doorstop was a meteorite from the 1930s.

Testing determined the meteorite is comprised of 88.5% iron and 11.5% nickle and, at 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest meteorite recorded in the state. The farmer then told him that he and his father saw it fall at night during the 1930s, adding that since the meteorite was part of the property, the man could have it.

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Now, the Smithsonian Institution is considering making an offer on the space rock.

"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. For the past thirty years, he has used it as a doorstop and sent it off to school with his children for show-and-tell. "I wonder how much mine is worth'".

The Smithsonian museum has valued the meteorite, which they named the Edford, at $100,000.

The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career. He has agreed to donate 10 percent of the meteorite's sale price to Central Michigan University to go toward the studies of earth and atmospheric sciences, when and if it sells. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.

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