Rock used as doorstop for decades identified as $141,000 meteorite

Gwen Vasquez
October 8, 2018

"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.

"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. When looking at the rock on the barn's property, the previous owner matter-of-factly told him it was "a meteorite" and "it made a heck of a noise when it hit".

The retiree's old rock turned out to be a nest egg that could be worth $100,000, or possibly even more.

Central Michigan University says the 22-pound rock is a meteorite. "I wonder how much mine is worth, '" the man said. 22 pounds in weight, it's Michigan's sixth-largest recorded find - and possibly worth $100,000, according to Central Michigan University.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", CMU geology professor Mona Sibescu told CNN.

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

The new owner came into possession of the meteorite after the farm was sold in 1988.

He asked the then homeowner about it and was told it was a meteorite found on the property in the 1930s. 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.

"The story goes that it was collected immediately after they witnessed the big boom and the actual meteorite was dug out from a crater", Sirbescu said. A slice of the meteor was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for double verification, which verified it was in fact a meteorite, accordant to a press release. "I'm done using it for a doorstop", he said, "let's get a buyer".

The meteorite's anonymous owner is promising to donate 10% of sale proceeds to the university.

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