Cracking the Code: How Do You Know If You Have A Real Meteorite?

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How exciting it is to think that you might have a real meteorite on your hands?! Something that is not of this earth, how cool is that?! Well, for a Geo-Geek like me that’s some pretty exciting shiz…let me tell you! Amber from New Mexico asks me a great question:

“How do you know if you have a real meteorite? And what is your opinion on Meteorite Hunting?”

Have you watched TV shows on Meteorite Hunting? Like Meteorite Men?

Lets start with this… How do you know if you have the real McCoy?
Real Meteorites share Certain Geological Characteristics:

  • Very Dense
  • Iron Rich
  • Magnetic

If the meteorite has fallen to earth fairly recently it might have Fusion Crust – like an ashy appearance when it burned up coming through our atmosphere.

When you do a streak test, is there a streak? If a streak appears, sorry Chick Pea, it is not a meteorite. Photo by Ra’ike (see also: de:Benutzer:Ra’ike) (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
Here’s a checklist of what a true meteorite will not have:
X – no streak

X – no Quartz specks – not shiny or sparkly (I know, we do love our sparklies! but not in meteorites) :)

X – no holes or pores

X – probably not round (like a nice smooth rock for example, is not a meteorite)
Watch my video to learn more fun facts & crack the code on meteors:

If you’re checking-off many of the meteorite characteristics as YES, you may want to verify with an academic at a local university, museum or local rock shop.
Where can you find Meteorites?
So you want to go Meteorite hunting? The most likely places that you will find meteorites are:

  • in a desert
  • in a barren open field
  • on an icy tundra

A few notable Metaphysical Meteorites Include:

  • Libyan Desert Glass Tektite aka Gold Tektite: found on the Libyan-Egyptian border, about 26 – 29 million years old, geologists are uncertain of its origin (as is the case with most other tektites). It’s known as a powerful solar plexus chakra stone that boosts confidence, manifestation & psychic protection, access to Akashic records.
Libyan Desert Glass Tektite (photo credit: H. Raab)
  • Moldavite
  • Tektite (this blog post is about both tektites & moldavite)

Have you ever found a meteorite or been hunting for them? Would you like to find one? Have you worked with one? I’d love to hear about your “out of this world” experience – please share in the comments below.

Happy Meteor Hunting!