Friday, 19 October, 2018

Man uses meteorite as doorstop, finds out it's worth $100G

The Edmore meteorite found in northeast Montcalm County in the 1930s and made public this year is Michigan's sixth largest weighing in at 22.5 pounds The Edmore meteorite found in northeast Montcalm County in the 1930s and made public this year is Michigan's sixth largest weighing in at 22.5 pounds
Guillermo Lane | 06 October, 2018, 12:39

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

Central Michigan University said the meteorite's owner has pledged to give 10 percent of a sale's proceeds to fund Earth and atmospheric sciences students at the university, which would technically make it a schoolhouse rock.

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a statement from CMU on Thursday. "I asked (the previous owner) what it was and he said, 'A meteorite.' I'm going, 'Get out of here, ' so he told me the story how it came down in the early '30s".

Weighing 22 pounds, it's also the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and is believed to be worth $100,000, according to CMU.

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

Central Michigan University estimates the meteorite's value at around $100,000.

The man, who asked to remain anonymous, obtained the meteorite when he bought his farm in Edmore, Michigan, about 30 miles (48km) southwest of Mount Pleasant.

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He then kept the meteorite with him for the next years, and even allowed his children to bring it to school for show and tell. This isn't just any space rock, though.

The farmer told the man that it was part of the property so he could have it. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.

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.

"I said, 'Wait a minute".

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

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

Mazurek says that when he sells the meteorite, he'll donate some of the money to the university. She said it will likely be called the "Edmore meteorite".

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