Geology faculty member Monica Sirbescu shared that an unidentified man from Grand Rapids, Michigan, approached her to check out his 22.5-pound meteorite. According to Sirbescu, she has been asked to look at potential meteorites before, but never actually had someone show up with one in 18 years.
"The answer has been categorically "no" - meteor wrongs, not meteorites", she said jokingly.
The chunk of iron-which was confirmed as a space rock by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. -is the sixth-largest meteorite ever found in MI, according to the museum.
The meteorite is the sixth-largest found in MI.
Mazurek became the rock's owner in 1988, when he bought a farm in Edmore, Michigan. Most iron meteorites are generally comprised of anywhere between 90 and 95 percent iron, with the rest made up nickel, iridium, gallium and occasionally gold.
Throughout her tenure, Sirbescu has frequently been asked to examine specimens of alleged space rocks, to see if they were worth any money. The farmer then told him that he and his father saw it fall at night during the 1930s, adding that since the meteorite was part of the property, the man could have it.
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When the new owner moved after a few years, he took the mystery rock, which he has kept as a doorstop and a show-and-tell item for his kids in school.
The Smithsonian and a mineral museum in ME are considering buying the meteorite - now called "Edmore" - for display, according to CMU.
The man said that the original farmer said he heard the meteorite come crashing down, "and it made a heck of a noise when it hit".
The meteorite's owner said that regardless of the buyer, he will donate 10 percent of the sale amount to the university. It will be used as funding for students of earth and atmospheric sciences.
It has been named the Edmore meteorite, after the place in which it fell. A colleague there further analyzed the sample, including with an acid test to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern, a property of most iron-nickel meteorites that can not be faked.