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Gibeon, Iron meteorite, South Africa



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Laboratory examination and testing of samples for a meteoritic origin.

MeteoriteTesting.org is an educational outreach program from
New England Meteoritical Services.

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Meteorites - What are they?

Streaking through the Earth's upper atmosphere at 8 to 12 thousand mph, fragments of solid, rocky materials crash into the Earth's surface on a daily basis. Known as "meteorites", they are fragments of shattered asteroids and other planetary bodies. But, once on Earth, unless seen to fall and land, they blend in well with most of the Earth's continental surfaces. Finding them is not easy and the effects of terrestrial weathering makes it even harder - continued...

Sikhote-Alin, Iron meteorite, Russia, Fell 1947    
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Meteorite Images.

This site is not full of "meteorwrong" pictures. Every picture on this page is that of an authenticated meteorite.

There are over 190 authenticated and researched meteorites presented on this site. One of the first things you will notice is that they all look different. If you're lookiing for meteorites or think that you have found one then your time will be better spent looking at the real thing. As an educational resource these pictures are unparallelled on the web - continued...

Johnstown, Colorado, Diogenite, Fell July 1924    
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Submitting a sample for testing.

How do you know if the rock you've found is a meteorite? Perhaps you've done some initial screening and maybe you have, but only lab testing will tell you.

Sending a sample for testing

Holbrook, Arizona, L6 chondrite, Fell July 1912  

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