Rock used as doorstop is actually meteorite worth $100K

Rock used as doorstop is actually meteorite worth $100K

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

Sirbescu said this is the sixth-largest meteorite on record to be found in MI.

"I walked in there and there's this rock and i said you got everything all cleaned up but what's this? and he said oh that's a meteorite", says David, who owns the meteorite.

The farmer told the man that it was part of the property so he could have it.

Now, the Smithsonian Institution is considering making an offer on the space rock. So in February, he took the meteorite to Central Michigan University to have a scientist look at it.

The rock, which was initially used as a doorstop in the Edmore area for several decades after a farmer recovered it sometime in the 1930s, turned out to be Michigan's sixth-largest meteorite, a university spokesperson said. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

She found that it was an iron-nickel meteorite with about 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel, a metal rarely found on Earth.

"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. According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years.

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

Now the Smithsonian museum is considering buying the space rock, and it could fetch as much as $100,000, the release says.

This rock might be worth as much as The Rock.

A U.S. farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s.

"I'm done using it as a doorstop", Mazurek told the station.

More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements. Whatever amount he winds up donating, Sirbescu said her students, the university and herself have already been beneficiaries of the find.

The man also has agreed to give 10 percent of the potential sale value to CMU for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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