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

So, he took the rock in to Central Michigan University for testing.

The meteor that blazed through MI this January changed his life's trajectory as he read accounts of people finding and selling small pieces of the meteorites.

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. "I could tell right away that this was something special".

The renowned science centre is now interested in buying the rock, Central Michigan University said.

The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite and adding it to the museum's collection.

"The answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said jokingly. The then owner told the man it was part of the property, and he could keep it.

While a space rock's size and what elements it's made from determine its value, all meteorites are worth something, and there's a large market for collectors.

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This January, southern MI experienced a meteor flash that showered fragments of space rock all over Livingston County. While touring the property, the man spotted the rock propping open a door and asked the farmer what it was.

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But that all changed when she was asked to examine an oddly shaped large rock that a MI man, who didn't want to be named, had had in his possession for the last 30 years.

He was content to use it for propping the barn door open the last 30 years, until MI residents began selling much smaller meteorite bits that were sprinkled across the state when a meteor blazed through the sky in January, he told the university. "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

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.

The chunk of iron-which was confirmed as a space rock by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum. "I wonder how much mine is worth", he said.

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

Mazurek says that when he sells the meteorite, he'll donate some of the money to the university.

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

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