From doorstop to showstopper. This is the rags-to-riches story of a rock from outer space.
A Grand Rapids, Michigan, man, who wishes to remain anonymous, bought a farm near Edmore, Michigan, in 1988. It came with a weird rock that was used to prop open the door of a shed. The former owner told him it was a meteorite that landed on the property in the 1930s.
When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the rock with him and continued to use it as a doorstop. Decades later, he decided to get the rock checked out after reading stories about a fireball of a meteorite that broke up over the Midwest in January.
An examination found that the rock is an iron-nickel meteorite composed of mostly iron with 12 percent nickel. A scientist at the Smithsonian Institution confirmed the analysis. The Smithsonian is considering purchasing the meteorite. A museum in Maine is also interested.
Central Michigan University said the meteorite's owner has pledged to give 10 percent of a sale's proceeds to fund Earth and atmospheric sciences students at the university, which would technically make it a schoolhouse rock.
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