CMU professor confirms Michigan's 6th largest meteorite found in Montcalm County

He says the meteorite came with the barn he bought in Edmore back in 1988.

A MI man recently learned that a rock he's been using as a doorstop is a meteorite worth $100,000.

A man has discovered a rock he's been using as a doorstop for 30 years is actually worth more than A$140,000.

An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel.

A United States farmer and his son saw a shooting star come crashing onto their property one night in the 1930s. He says the farmer who sold him the property told a tale about his father seeing it fall from the sky and then digging it out of a hole in the 1930s. Upon purchasing it, he noticed a large rock holding the door open, according to Central Michigan University. This is the rags-to-riches story of a rock from outer space.

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For double verification, a slice of it was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, which validated it was in fact a meteorite, according to the press release. In the morning they found the crater and dug it out. Weighing 22 pounds, it's the sixth-largest recorded find in MI - and potentially worth $100,000, according to CMU.

The buyer ended up leaving the property eventually but took the 10-kilogram rock with him. He reportedly used the meteorite as a doorstop and sent it to school with his children for show and tell.

He was content to use it for propping the barn door open the last 30 years, until MI residents began selling much smaller meteorite bits that were sprinkled across the state when a meteor blazed through the sky in January, he told the university. "It was brought by this gentleman and within minutes, within seconds i knew it was a real one", says Dr. Monaliza Sirbescu, CMU Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences.

David tells FOX 17 he's going to wait a while and let the price value go up on his space rock nest egg.

The meteorite hasn't sold yet, but the Smithsonian Museum is considering buying it, as well as another collector. A museum in ME is also interested.

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