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The Basics

A step by step guide on how to identify a meteorite from a terrestrial rock The 5 stages are listed below, the 6th stage is only if your rock succesfully passes the majority of stages from 1 to 5 and if we think your rock is more and likely a meteorite. For detailed information please go to our identification tab.

Weight & Density

Meteorites are much heavier & very dense in comparison to common terrestrial rocks .We have numerous different kinds of rocks on this planet.

Visual Identification

Meteorites have some distinct charachteristics, If you have never seen or owned a meteorite this can be a tricky part of identity process.

The Magnetic Test

A majority of meteorites will attract a magnet (Rare-earth) only under some rare circumstances will they have a weak attraction or no attraction at all.

The Streak Test

The streak test this test will only work on iron meteorites .and not Chondrites - (Stone Type) We will show you what to do and expect.

The Nickel test

Meteorites have certain levels of Nickel & Iron (kamacite and taenite) α-(Fe,Ni); Fe0+0.9Ni0.1 naturally formed terrestrial rocks do not...

Professional Analysis

If after all these checks & your rock has passed in each one, we would like to hear from you. We can have your specimen scientifically analysed and confirmed.

Meteorite Indentification & Analysis guide

Please go through steps 1 to 5 and when you have done this please go to step 6, please do NOT go straight to step 6

(1) Introduction & Weight & Density

We will cover:

  • Introduction to meteorites
  • How to evaluate Weight & Density
  • (2) Visual Identification

    We will cover:

  • Visual comparison through images
  • Comparing Meteorites with Meteor wrongs

  • (3) The Magnetic Test

    We will cover:

  • Different meteorite types
  • Magnet attraction to various types
  • (4) The Streak Test

    We will cover:

  • How to do "The Streak Test"
  • Alternate methods
  • (5) The Nickel Test

    We will cover:

  • The Do's & Dont's
  • The best procedure
  • (6) Scientific Analysis

    We will cover:

  • Basic etiquette and formalities
  • What's next and where to go
  • Analysis stages
  • (7) Analysis Results

    You will find:

  • Images & Details
  • Journals
  • Media
  • (8) Isotopes - Work in progress

    Information on isotope analysis

    What Now?

    You have made it this far that's great! Excited? I thought so! Have you gone through our guide? If yes, wonderful! If not? Please go through our guide from 1 to 5 then 6 last , when you have done so please come back to this section, that way we will eliminate / reduce doubt of that rock you found, in just being a rock and it's on the way to being identified as a meteorite. We do have a little way to go yet to confirm your find as a meteorite. Please do not be dissapointed if your find is not confirmed as such.

    Heres what we want you to do

  • Although you have already done so, please check and double check through 1 to 5 of our identification process again.
  • Contact us via the contact form on this site. If you do not want to enter your contact number then just enter 0's, but we must have your email to be able to respond to your request.
  • When we respond to your enquiry, (IMPORTANT) send us: clear, focused and well lit photographs of your specimen / specimens preferably in natural light. Although photographs are not an ideal way of identifying meteorites, we dont want you to waste time and money sending samples to us, so we would rather take a look ourselves and make the judgement call before going any futher.
  • Await our response, If you do not hear back from us within 14 days, please contact us again.
  • If we identify your specimen / specimens as a meteorite, we will invite you to send us a sample.
  • Prior to sending, we will require your consent to analyse your sample / samples, a document will be sent via email to you, we require your signature and then return the document to us, when we have recieved this document we can then proceed to the next step
  • Samples must be, ideally no smaller than the following dimentions: 15mm x 15mm x 2mm. Thickness is of importance as described in section 6 of our guide.
  • *Note When sending samples, please use a tracked & signed for method of shipping. Package your sample well, you are responsible for ensuring safe delivery.
  • We will provide this service for free and hope to keep it that way, If you require your sample / samples to be returned please enclose with your package a return address & paid postage, if there is no return address or postage we will assume you revoke ownership and we will at our discretion do as we see fit with the sample / samples. For example: Donate to Scientific Research.
  • By you sending us your sample / samples you agree to all points within and stated in section 6 of this site.
  • To proceed with the analysis download and read our document here: and if you agree to us carrying out scientific research on your sample / samples, please sign the downloaded document and return to us here:
  • Note: We will be polite and curtious at all times, therefore we expect the same back, we do have zero tolerance towards abusive, intimidating and threatening behaviour in any way or form, any persons who is found being abusive in any way, will be reported to the local authorities within their country of origin.

    Contact Us

    After following all steps within our site and you have had a positive response to the stages within, please contact us and we can have your specimen sent for scientific analysis.