Learn more about materials that are commonly mistaken for meteorites.
- Check out “Meteorite or Meteorwrong?”. Here you can post images on this site and get
feedback from many people familiar with meteorites.
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
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.
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. Do not send zipped images; rather include image
files as attachments in regular formats (e.g., jpg) or embedded in the body of
emails. Also send only a small number of
your best images. Image quality is more
important than quantity.
samples mailed to us:
CML does not
take any responsibility for material mailed to us. We have not lost any samples, yet, but we
can't guarantee that samples will always find their way to us or to you. If you don't want a sample lost, don't mail
it to us. Send us digital images
instead. In any case, we will not analyze any sample sent to us without prior
authorization from us by email. We will
not return samples mailed to us.
not a commercial testing lab.
willing to evaluate your sample via email.
In a few extremely rare cases, we may want to analyze your sample. However, we do not have the equipment to
analyze metals (such as iron meteorites).
We only analyze stony or stony-iron meteorites.