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Meteorite Testing, Verification, Authentication and Appraisal.


Laboratory Services


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

Examiners and Appraisers of the Historic "Huss - Nininger Collection of Meteorites and Tektites"

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Frequently Asked Questions - the most important page on this site. Updated February 10, Click here.

Meteorites - What are they?

They streak through the Earth's upper atmosphere at 8 to 12 thousand mph. Fragments of solid, rocky, and iron materials crash into the Earth's surface on a regular 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 the rocks on 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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Identification pictures of known meteorites

This site is not full of "meteorwrong" pictures. Every picture on this page, excepting the quiz images, are authenticated meteorites.

There are over 190 authenticated and researched meteorites presented on this page. 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 well 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 examination can verify this.

Sending a sample for testing

Holbrook, Arizona, L6 chondrite, Fell July 1912  

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