Meteorite used as doorstop for decades worth $100,000

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"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 I showed her, she grabbed the bag, said it was heavy and took it out and said, 'It's a meteorite, '" Mazurek said. According to Sirbescu, she has been asked to look at potential meteorites before, but never actually had someone show up with one in 18 years.

"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu added, noting that the meteorite is composed of of 88.5 percent iron and 11.5 percent nickel.

A friend referred him to Mona Sirbescu, a geology faculty member at Central Michigan University's College of Science and Engineering.

He asked the then-homeowner about it who told him it was a meteorite which the farmer had discovered on the property in the 1930s.

The man, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he was aware of the rock's provenance from the time he bought the house in Edmore in 1988.

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

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

A USA farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s.

There was a big crater and David says the men dug a hole until they found the meteorite which was still warm. 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.

He also told the station that he plans to donate 10 percent of the sale price to Central Michigan University. According to the report, the man had been using the meteorite as a doorstop for the last 30 years. Let's get a buyer.

Inspired by news stories of recovering valuable meteorites, he took the rock to Central Michigan University (CMU) for analysis.

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