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  1. NOT a meteorite the color inside looks the same so I guess the outer layer is not fusion... Oh well learned a lot about Meteorites and next time will just cut it right away. Thanks for all the help Cheers John
  2. Chase I agree the photos I took only with my iPhone makes the layer look lighter than what I see with my naked eye under the same lighting conditions, I had taken the photos directly under a very bright 10w LED light(5000k). Also not sure how thick a fusion crust is or if weathering can lighten the crust but apparently non-iron meteors have a lighter fusion layer. HT I was going to wait for UWO to get back to me but now I just want to find out what it is so probably tomorrow I will cut a small window with a saw, my brother has a diamond wet saw. John
  3. Chase after much research online I found out that pure Hematite is usually not magnetic or if it is only very weakly so. So based on this I wanted to confirm that the find was not Hematite or any other non-magnetic terrestrial mineral that marks. The streak test confirmed this for me as it left no markings. UWO has a flow chart that I have attached to help me in determining if my find is possibly a meteorite, I followed it and assuming the find is lighter in color once I cut a section off it might... just might be a Non-magnetic Meteorite. (Maybe the find is weakly magnetic? and the magnet I'm using is just not strong enough, I'm using a hard drive magnet) Flow chart answers: Is a magnet attracted to it? NO Is it heavier than other rocks ? NO (of the same size I presume) Does it have a dark, thin crust on the outside? YES Does it have a lighter color on the inside? YES (well maybe under very bright light looks like it might be but I need to cut a piece off to really see and will wait for UWO to respond before I do that) Cheers John
  4. Ok thanks Gary, they are local so should not be a problem if I get that far. They have an online form I just filled out and summitted pictures, will report back what they say. John
  5. I performed the following Streak test and it passed so I think my next step is to send the photos to the UWO (University of Western Ontario) professor. Iron ore is the most common meteor-wrong. Magnetite especially is very magnetic (hence its name) and hematite may or may not be mildly magnetic. Both these minerals may possibly be distinguished from meteoritic material by a characteristic known as 'streak'. You can test the streak very simply. If you take a common ceramic tile, such as a bathroom or kitchen tile, it has a smooth glazed slide and an unfinished dull side which is stuck to the floor/wall when installed. Take the sample which you think is a meteorite and scratch it quite vigorously on the unglazed side of the tile.If it leaves a black/gray streak (like a soft leaded pencil) the sample is likely magnetite, and if it leaves a vivid red to brown streak it is likely hematite. A stone meteorite, unless it is very heavily weathered will not normally leave a streak on the tile.
  6. Thanks for the feedback guys. mn90403 Of the Falls you posted Kitchener is the closest one to London about 80km's away. I found a website called American Meteor Society https://www.amsmeteors.org/ and found a recent large meteor event in my area Feb 27, 2021 here is the Link with a Map path: https://fireball.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2021/1160 I might send the photos to our local University (UWO) they have a department that might be able to help me. Thanks John
  7. Meteorite or rock?Found this today kind of looks like possibly a Chromite meteorite but not sure so hoping some one could help. Browsed some pictures ofsmall Chromite meteorites on google images and seen some similar.Dimension is about 1.5" diameter and about 40 grams heavy. Not magnetic checked with magnet and my Garrett Pro-Pointer II detects nothing Found in London, Ontario, CanadaAny help would be greatThanksJohn
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