Man uses $100,000 meteorite as doorstop for decades

Pablo Tucker
October 8, 2018

"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. The previous owner showed him around the property at the time and said the meteorite arrived on the farm during a meteor shower in the 1930s.

It's a story that began out of this world almost a hundred years ago when a meteorite crashed down to earth near Edmore, Michigan.

In this September 14, 2018 photo provided by Central Michigan University, Monaliza Sirbescu, a geology faculty member in earth and atmospheric sciences shows off a 22-plus pound meteorite that was being used as a doorstop on a farm in Edmore, Mich. 22 pounds in weight, it's Michigan's sixth-largest recorded find - and possibly worth $100,000, according to Central Michigan University.

The man said that the original farmer said he heard the meteorite come crashing down, "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit". "It's the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".


The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a farm in Edmore, Mich., in 1988.

Ms Siberscu still wanted a second opinion and sent off a slice of the rock to the Smithsonian Institution.

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located. He says the farmer who sold him the property told him it landed in his backyard in the 1930s.

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


When the original farmer and his father went out to examine the damages the next morning, they discovered a crater, and in it, the meteorite.

But tests are underway at UCLA to see if it contains rare elements that would bump up the value. "I'm done using it as a doorstop".

"What typically happens with these at this point is that meteorites can either be sold and shown in a museum or sold to collectors and sellers looking to make a profit", Sirbescu explained.

He also told the station that he plans to donate 10 percent of the sale price to Central Michigan University. Let's get a buyer.


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