Think you've got
Please read "What to do" below.
Please do NOT do any of the following without getting permission from us via e-mail (address firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Do not contact us by phone - we will not return your call.
not send any samples to our lab without receiving permission via e-mail
- we will not analyze them and we will not return them.
- Do not stop by our office or attempt to visit us - we do not meet with individuals.
- We do not prepare "certificates of authenticity"; we are not a meteorite testing service.
What to do:
Step 1: Learn more about how to identify meteorites and about materials that are commonly mistaken for meteorites.
aware that the chances you have found a meteorite are extremely low,
particularly a meteorite from Mars or the Moon. As of 2021, less than
1900 meteorites have been found in the United States over the past 200
years [Korotev]. Worldwide, less than 2 in 1000 of all meteorites are from the Moon and Mars.
- Check the self-test check-list that Randy Korotev from WashU has created, which includes a flowchart devised by Deborah Guedes and colleagues in Brazil.
- Check out "Meteorite or Meteorwrong?".
This group is dedicated to helping people identify whether they have a
meteorite or terrestrial stone (often called a meteorwrong). Here you
can post images and get feedback from many people familiar with
Step 2: If after step 1 you still believe you have a meteorite,
and want to have our opinion, you can send an email to email@example.com, with a couple of images of your
sample. Please send only a couple of images in a .jpg, .png, or .gif format as an attachment to your email.
About digital images:
- If you send digital images,
please try to get one or more images that are fairly close-up while
still showing the whole sample, and in focus. Images of ~100-700
kb should suffice.
- If your sample is dark, you
should photograph it against a medium-colored background (such as
cardboard), not against a bright background. Be careful about glare -
natural sunlight is usually best.
- Do NOT send zipped images;
rather include image files as attachments in regular formats (e.g.,
.jpg, .png, etc.) or embedded in the body of emails.
- Do NOT send videos - we will not look at them, as it is hard to see moving objects.
- Do NOT send links to a drive - we cannot access your drive - just an image file attached to an e-mail.
- Send only a small number of your best images. Image quality is more important than quantity.
do not try to reach us by phone. Our lab phone has been given out by
third parties, but this is the incorrect procedure to follow. We won't answer!
- Please remember that we do meteorite identification as a
service to the public, and we currently volunteer our time. We get many public inquiries (dozens
per week), so please respect our time, please follow step 1 before step 2, and
please do not attempt to contact more than one of us.
- We are not a commercial testing lab. We are willing to evaluate your sample via email. But we do not provide certificates.
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