A rock weighing 22 lbs that has been holding open a door for decades turns out to be a meteorite valued at $100K, accordant to CMU.
Mona Sirbescu, a Central Michigan University geology professor, gets asked consistently by people to analyze the rocks they bring her — however none ever turn out to be an authentic space rock.
“For 18 years, the answer has been categorically ‘no’ — meteor wrongs, not meteorites,” Sibescu stated in a assertion from the university on Thursday.
But that all transformed when she was asked to evaluate a peculiarly shaped sizable rock that a Michigan man, who didn’t want to be identified, had had in his monomania for the last 30 years.
“I could tell right away that this was something special,” said Sibescu.
After testing, she concluded it was a meteorite, consisted of 11.5% nickel and 88.5% iron. Though, this is not just any ordinary space rock. 22 pounds in weight, it’s Michigan’s sixth-largest recorded find — and possibly worth $100,000, according to Central Michigan University.
“It’s the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically,” Sibescu expressed. A slice of the meteor was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC for double verification, which verified it was in fact a meteorite, accordant to a press release.
The rock landed on Earth sometime in the 1930s, according its proprietor, who procured it in 1988 when he purchased a farm in Edmore, roughly 30 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant.
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