So you think you've found a meteorite...


Over the years we've gotten a fair number of calls and emails about rocks that people think might be meteorites. We don't have a meteorite specialist in the astronomy department, so here are the steps that we recommend you take to get your rock identified.


If you are in Texas:

The Texas Natural Science Center has a meteorite collection on display in the Hall of Geology and Paleontology. Due to staff reductions they are not able to do identifications at this time, but you might want to visit the gallery to see some examples of meteorites for comparison. There is also a directory of outreach contacts at the Jackson School of Geosciences that might be helpful.

Monnig Meteorite Gallery - Experts will examine your possible meteorite by appointment. At TCU in Ft. Worth.


Other meteorite identification services:

The Robert A. Pritzker Center for Meteoritics and Polar Studies (The Field Museum, Chicago) - Will accept mailed specimens


Some additional helpful links:

Meteorite information - Washington University in St. Louis Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History's Division of Meteorites and the Arizona State University Center for Meteorite Studies are not currently doing examinations or testing of specimens from the general public, but check the websites in case their policies have changed.

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