MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

MI meteorite used as doorstop for 30 years 'worth $100,000'

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

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Mona Sirbescu, a geologist at Central Michigan University said.

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

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

A rock (pictured) that was used as a door stop for three decades has turned out to be a meteorite worth $100,000 (£76,000).

The man said that he was able to discover the meteorite's origins, noting that he'd spoken with the farmer who'd originally discovered the space rock in the 1930s. The farmer claimed the rock had fallen in the 1930s and that the new owner could have it since it was "part of the property".

Throughout her tenure, Sirbescu has frequently been asked to examine specimens of alleged space rocks, to see if they were worth any money. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch.

What's 88.5 percent iron, 11.5 percent nickel and worth $100,000?

The owner thought little of it and kept it as a door stop, until recently when he made a decision to find out how much his odd rock was worth.

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

Professor Monaliza Sirbescu shows off a meteorite that's been in a Grand Rapids man's home for years.

Mazurek has been retired since 2014, and he said the meteorite could turn into a cushion for his golden years.

David says the man who sold him the barn described the incredible tale of the meteorite making an impact crater in the backyard.

The owner has promised to donate 10 percent of the sale value to the university. It will be used as funding for students of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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