meteor right or wrong

Do you think this is a meteor?

  • No

    Votes: 5 71.4%
  • Yes

    Votes: 2 28.6%

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still looking for clues here . . . this really seems like a strange stone, I did all the online tests, but none conclusively rule this rock out or definitively point that it is indeed a meteor. Any help would be great, we manage to chip out a piece, and did a little grinding and polishing as you can tell. Here are some stats:

1. Non magnetic
2. grey streak
3. 680.38 grams
4. 3.5” x 2.5” x 2.5”
5. Extremely scratch resistant
6. Non conductive
7. Seen falling from sky 40 years ago.
8. Found in Mexico on our land by our family six years later, in the same approximate area.

Thanks!!!

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tamrock

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Well if it was seen falling from the sky, it kind of goes with out saying its a meteorite I would think? Unless someone tossed it in the air first and that would be a way for folks to see it fall from the sky.

You sure do have an odd looking what ever it is??? I voted yes, it is a meteorite on the poll
 

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I thought all meteorites were magnetic.
Have you hung a magnet on a string to see if there is "any" pull?

Six years between seeing something fall and finding it, I'd have to ask how large is the land?
Thats a long time for the land to change (growth, rains, etc)

I had a 200 acre area in MI (public nature place) where I found a huge path triangle type divot in the earth, leading to a crater (like a half circle where it stopped).
I was convinced there HAD to be a meteor there, but I didn't find anything.
The only thing I could think was, someone else beat me to it (it was a big crater too)
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Whoa, that sure looks interesting can't say I have seen anything like that before. Post it on the meteor forum also.
 

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Have u ever find out if the rock you found was a meteorite?
i have found one simular

Lets see it..
If its a meteor, its the strangest one ive ever seen. Looks like it could maybe be burned up space junk. no telling.
Has anyone taken this to be looked at by an expert?
Definitely a puzzler. What state was it found in?
 

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My opinion is not a meteorite. I'm not an expert, but in my opinion it's very strange you say it's non-conductive and non-magnetic -- that makes it not a metallic meteorite and it's clearly not a stony meteorite. It's either slag or some earthly rock.
 

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All Meteorites are not iron and attracted to a magnet. Lunar and Martian meteorites are not iron and are not attracted to a magnet. People always think that meteorites are themselves magnetic but they're mostly just iron and attract a magnet. Cool piece for sure.
 

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Old post I know, but now revived.


Tuxtuac was an observed fall on 16th October 1975 so that would broadly fit with “seen falling from sky 40 years ago” but I don’t think it has any connection to this rock “found in Mexico on our land by our family six years later, in the same approximate area”.

I don’t see anything which suggests it’s a meteorite and it certainly isn’t a piece of the Tuxtuac fall, for which specimens had a typical chondritic texture with a pale matrix:

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[Picture by Phil Schmitz in the Encyclopedia of Meteorites]

All Meteorites are not iron and attracted to a magnet. Lunar and Martian meteorites are not iron and are not attracted to a magnet. People always think that meteorites are themselves magnetic but they're mostly just iron and attract a magnet. Cool piece for sure.

That’s correct, and it’s not just lunar and Martian meteorites which have no little or no attraction to a magnet. But a meteorite having that kind of metallic appearance would most certainly be strongly magnetic.

(Tuxtuac referred to above but which has a very different appearance, was an LL5 chondrite (low total metal and low native metal). Some meteorites in that grouping can be sufficiently low in native metal that that have virtually no attraction to a magnet. Tuxtuac had an average bulk composition of 19.22% total iron including 1.8% native iron and would have only weak attraction).
 

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still looking for clues here . . . this really seems like a strange stone, I did all the online tests, but none conclusively rule this rock out or definitively point that it is indeed a meteor. Any help would be great, we manage to chip out a piece, and did a little grinding and polishing as you can tell. Here are some stats:

1. Non magnetic
2. grey streak
3. 680.38 grams
4. 3.5” x 2.5” x 2.5”
5. Extremely scratch resistant
6. Non conductive
7. Seen falling from sky 40 years ago.
8. Found in Mexico on our land by our family six years later, in the same approximate area.

Thanks!!!

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Cut it and post a photo
 

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I think all meteors are magnetic correct ?
 

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I think all meteors are magnetic correct ?

No. Not correct. Most meteorites are strongly attracted to a magnet, some only weakly so, and certain less commonly found classifications have no attraction to a magnet at all.

However, any meteorite which has a metallic appearance or has any flecks of visible metal will always have attraction to a magnet.

What was originally posted is not a meteorite.
 

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Thanks Red-Coat
 

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