How can I tell if I have a meteorite?
A meteorite is heavier than an ordinary rock and will be attracted to a magnet.
The condition of a meteorite can range from fresh to very weathered.
Fresh meteorites have fusion crust, an aerodynamic shape and possibly thumbprints (regmaglypts)..
Are meteorites worth money?
Meteorites are heavy, so a quality slice the size of a small dinner plate is worth thousands of dollars. … A prime specimen will easily fetch $50/gram while rare examples of lunar and Martian meteorites may sell for $1,000/gram or more — almost forty times the current price of gold!
Are all meteorites magnetic?
Most (>95%) of meteorites (irons and ordinary chondrites) attract cheap magnets because they contain iron-nickel metal. However, lunar and martian meteorites contain little or no metal, so they’re not magnetic. (Also, some terrestrial rocks contain magnetite, which is magnetic.)
What is the shape of a meteorite?
Meteorites are rarely round in shape. They are typically irregular, with rounded edges.