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Dr. Jerry Cook of the physics department, right, tells the EKU regents what a rare opportunity it is to see a meteorite, let alone hold one. The Tazewell Lewis meteorite, that Cook has nicknamed Precious from "Lord of the Rings," weighs 33 pounds, is composed of iron and nickel and is estimated to 4.5 billion years old. Believed to have originated from the the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, the meteorite was found in a Tazewell, Tenn., cow pasture during 1930. The rare meteorite, now owned by EKU, was used as a garden decoration by the previous owner, who didn't know how special it was, Cook said. Also pictured, from left, is EKU President Doug Whitlock, regent Janie Miller and biology professor Malcolm Frisbie, who led regents through the New Science Building on Tuesday.

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