Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Doorstop turns out to be meteorite worth $100K

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sibescu said that of all her time at the university, this is the first "rock" she's tested that actually turned out to be a meteorite.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said.

She then cut off a slice and sent it to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., to confirm her findings.

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

Central Michigan University is now holding the meteorite.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a farm in Edmore, Mich., in 1988.

The farmer said that it had come down onto the property in the '30s - "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit", the new owner recalled him saying, according to CMU's statement.

When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the mystery rock, which he has kept as a doorstop and a show-and-tell item for his kids in school.


An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel.

The farmer told the man that it was part of the property so he could have it. The farmer and his father recovered it in the morning, digging it free - it was reportedly still warm to the touch when retrieved.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", Sirbescu said of the meteorite.

A U.S. professor has established a rock used as a doorstop is actually a meteorite worth thousands of dollars.

The 22lb (10kg) meteorite was the biggest the geologist had been asked to examine in her career.

So they dug up the meteorite.

Now the Smithsonian museum is considering buying the space rock, and it could fetch as much as $100,000, the release says. 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. "It was brought by this gentleman and within minutes, within seconds i knew it was a real one", says Dr. Monaliza Sirbescu, CMU Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

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