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?”

[caption id="attachment_14072" align="aligncenter" width="471"] Have you watched TV shows on Meteorite Hunting? Like Meteorite Men?[/caption]

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.

[caption id="attachment_17869" align="aligncenter" width="600"] 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 (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons[/caption]
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.
[caption id="attachment_14088" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Libyan Desert Glass Tektite (photo credit: H. Raab)[/caption]
  • 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!