MI man's doorstop rock turns out to be a $100k meteorite

Cesar Mills
October 8, 2018

Central Michigan University geology professor Mona Sirbescu gets asked all the time if rocks people possess are meteorites, valuable rocks from space.

The 22-pound meteorite was examined under x-ray fluorescence scanning which determined that it was composed of 88 percent iron and 12 percent nickel (a metal that is relatively rare on Earth).

The 22-plus-pound meteorite turned out to be the sixth-largest in MI and was valued at $100,000.

The meteorite is worth an estimated $100,000.

The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a farm in Edmore, Mich., in 1988. She sent two small slices to the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., to validate her findings.

"I could tell right away that this was something special", Sirbescu said.

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

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That all changed when an unnamed man brought in the giant space rock featured in the video above. The farmer told Mazurek that he and his father watched the chunk of rock slam into their property one night and picked it up the next day, when it was still warm to the touch.

The Smithsonian and another museum in Maine have already expressed interest in the rock, and Sirbescu called it "the most valuable specimen I have ever held in my life, monetarily and scientifically".

It has been named the "Edmore" meteorite after the town in which the farm is located. And now a man in Grand Rapids just found out the meteorite he has from that impact is worth at least $100,000.

The man, who lived on the farm for a few years, moved, and took the meteorite with him.

He was inspired to have it checked out by the university after a rise in meteorite discoveries in MI.

The owner is considering selling the meteorite to a museum or collector, and has promised to give 10 percent of the sale to the university, the university said. A mineral museum in ME is also looking into it.

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