Holy Cow! A $100K meteorite was being used as a doorstop rock

The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in Michigan

SCIENCE Grand Rapids man's doorstop is $100,000 meteorite The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in Michigan

"For 18 years, the answer has been categorically "no" - meteor-wrongs, not meteorites", Sibescu said in a Thursday statement, according to CNN.

That all changed when an unnamed man brought in the giant space rock featured in the video above.

The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in MI.

After testing, she determined it was a meteorite, made of of 88.5% iron and 11.5% nickel.

This January, southern MI experienced a meteor flash that showered fragments of space rock all over Livingston County.

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.

Mazurek says the meteorite came with a barn he bought in 1988 in Edmore.

The man told Sirbescu that he kept the rock for the next 30 years, even after moving away from the farm. The farmer claimed the rock had fallen in the 1930s and that the new owner could have it since it was "part of the property". In the morning, the farmer and his father found the crater and dug out the still-warm meteorite.

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The buyer ended up leaving the property eventually but took the 10-kilogram rock with him.

Like the farmer, he just thought it was "cool to look at", and let his children take it to school for show and tell.

Opportunity came knocking this year when he learned about MI residents finding and selling pieces of meteorites.

"Just think, what I was holding is a piece of the early solar system that literally fell into our hands", Sirbescu said of the meteorite. "I wonder what mine is worth", Mazurek said in the release.

Now, the space rock, dubbed Edmore meteorite, is waiting to find a permanent home.

The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU.

The man reportedly hasn't figured out exactly where the meteorite will end up, but a number of institutions are apparently considering purchasing it from him for display.

In January, the man made a decision to learn once and for all about the value of the doorstep.

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