On Jan. 17, MI experienced a meteor flash that shook the state and left small rocks scattered in Livingston County as it blew apart entering the atmosphere. And that's exactly what happened to a lucky guy in MI.
"Meteor-wrong" is the somewhat humorous word used to describe rocks that were wrongfully believed to be meteorites but turns out to be simple rocks.
Only recently did he get this to a geology professor Mona Sirbescue and found out that his special "rock" was worth a fortune. But this was the first time a random rock was actually a meteorite.
A man in MI recently learned that a large rock he'd been using as a doorstop for about thirty years is a rare meteorite with an estimated value of $100,000. However, she has never examined a rock that has turned out to be an official space rock, until now.
According to UPI.com, the man, who has asked to remain anonymous knew the 22-pound rock came from outer space ever since he bought the house in 1988. Its composition, 88 per cent iron and 12 per cent nickel, proved it authentic, and an analysis at the Smithsonian verified the conclusion.
"It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically", Sibescu said. BBC reports that the renowned Smithsonian Institution is interested in acquiring it. He and his father dug it out the next morning and it was still warm.
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And so this new owner kept it for 30 years, moving with it when he left the farm - he used it as a doorstop, mostly; except for the occasions when his kids took the rock to school for show and tell.
The meteorite fell to Earth sometime in the 1930s.
It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located.
Mr Mazurek said that when he sells the meteorite, he will donate some of the money to the university.
The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering purchasing the meteorite for display, according to CMU. The man didn't want his name to be out but promised 10 percent of the profits for the earth and atmospheric sciences studies.