MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100k meteorite

But after hearing that shards of a meteorite that crashed in Michigan had sold for a high price, Mazurek took his "doorstop" to be appraised at Central Michigan University.

The man then chose 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" - meteor-wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a Thursday statement, according to CNN.

And geologist Mona Sirbescu said she "could tell right away that this was something special".

Dr Sirbescu sent a sample of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, which confirmed her findings.

The man claimed he and his father heard the space rock crash into their property in the 1930s, and said it "made a heck of a noise when it hit".

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.

He was inspired to have it checked out by the university after a rise in meteorite discoveries in MI.

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This 22-pound doorstop is also a meteorite valued at about $100,000.

Upon receiving the meteorite, Sirbescu evaluated it and discovered it was an iron-nickel meteorite, composed of 8 to 8.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

The unidentified man told the professor the meteorite was passed on to him in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan.

More tests are being conducted to see if the meteorite contains rare elements. This is apparently something that happens quite frequently to Sirbescu, who is part of the university's department of earth and atmospheric sciences.

The rock has sat patiently by the unnamed man's door for three decades, taking the occasional field trip to school with his children for show and tell.

She said she felt excited to play a role in identifying the meteorite.

"I said, 'Wait a minute". The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.

The owner is considering selling the meteorite to a museum or collector, and has promised to give 10 percent of the sale to the university, the university said.

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