30-year-old doorstop turns out to be a rare meteorite

30-year-old doorstop turns out to be a rare meteorite

You might want to check your doorstep now to see if it is just an ordinary rock or it is actually your treasury lying down there, while you suffer to get daily meal.

. And that's exactly what happened to a lucky guy in MI. Now it has been valued at over $100,000.

Professor of Geology at the University of MI claims that for 18 years they have brought any stones, but not meteorites. However, this time, when the man pulled the meteorite out of the bag, Sirbescu states that she knew within seconds that this was a real one. However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now.

All that changed when an unnamed man from Grand Rapids, Michigan asked her to examine a rock he had in his possession since he bought a farm in 1988.

Mazurek explained that the rare mass of iron and nickel came with his barn in Edmore, which he purchased it back in 1988. When he asked about it, the farmer simply said that it was a meteorite that he and his father saw come down on their property in 1930s and that it "made a heck of a noise when it hit". Its composition, 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel, proved it authentic, and an analysis at the Smithsonian verified the conclusion.

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Ms Sirbescu determined the specimen to be potentially worth $ 100,000 - that's approximately Rs 74 lakhs! BBC reports that the renowned Smithsonian Institution is interested in acquiring it. Millions of meteorites enter the Earth's atmosphere every year but the vast majority vaporise before they can make it to the ground, making intact specimens highly valuable. He noticed the rock in the property and the farmer informed him that it was a meteorite, which was a part of the property; so he could have it. It was still warm when they dug it out in the morning and it had been in the farm since.

Now, the space rock has been named Edmore meteorite and is waiting for a new and permanent home.

Mr Mazurek said that when he sells the meteorite, he will donate some of the money to the university. Now the Smithsonian Institute and the Museum of minerals in ME are considering the purchase of Edmore. If a sale goes through, the man has agreed to give 10% of the sale value to the university for the study of earth and atmospheric sciences.

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