How to Collect Meteorites





Introduction: How to Collect Meteorites

You will now go around to random places with a metal detector and shovel and look for over sized rocks that came from space. Seem easy enough?

I didn't think so.

The chance of you finding large meteorites is so slim that you would have a better chance of guessing their next door neighbors iPhone 4s passcode. (4 spots 10 possibilities per = 10000 possible codes.)

There is however a much easier way that I will now show you how to do. The biggest material it requires? Your local beach.

You will be collecting dust but after a while, it collects.

This is a fun novelty to collect and have on your office desk as well as also proving to be very cool. I mean, how many people get to say "I have a meteorite on my office desk." ?

Step 1: What!? No Metal Detector!?

You will need:
1 neodymium magnet
2 bags
1 local (or very far away) beach

Step 2: The Element of Surprise

Flip one bag inside out. Place the neodymium magnet inside.

Have the other bag opened and ready to store your findings.

This is you search device.

Step 3: Collections.

Now, go to a beach and take an object to flatten out some of the the sand a bit. Your hand will do just fine with that. A flat surface will allow you to collect more dust.

Step 4: Done.

Pull the magnet out of the bag to release the findings into the second bag. It  will take a while but it is rewarding in the end. You may notice there are some impurities (sand) inside of the bag. I am trying to find a way to fix tha and will update soon.

Although what you say is true, over certain periods of time as meteorites will impact and they enter Earth's atmosphere, they burn up into dust. A beach is a ideal spot to collect the dust because the sand will not absorb the dust.

Have fun!



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    nvr mind... just realized what the white squares are for lol

    Clever, but how are to distinguish between meteorites and plain old hematite?

    Hmmm...good point. I will have to ponder that.

    From what I know on the subject (which is minimal), the only difference between hematite and meteor fragments is composition ratio and crystal structure (apparently crystals form differently in 0G). Meteorites should have a large amount of nickle.

    I believe micro meteorites will be nearly spherical from burning up during entry into the atmosphere.

    See here for more info:

    Would this work up here in new England or is your area have higher space dust fall. And also could I check in some sandpits left by glaciers I do know a few

    No problem. Any beach will do. To be honest, I shot all these pictures in Hong Kong. There should be no difference. What does make a difference is the magnet you use. You should use neodymium (rare earth) magnets. I didn't here because I forgot them back home back in the U.S. Sandpits will work but it really depends on size. If it is 2 feet wide then there are less chance for deposits to hit there than a large beach but it should work just fine.

    if something is magnetic, wouldnt it rust? also on a beach, youd think something as small as dust would just be eaten away by the salt water and dissolved away to nothing. but i dont know, maybe not? Hey another thought, why doesnt a metal dector go crazy on a beach if all the metal is in the sand?

    Good thoughts. Let's see:

    New deposits are being made all the time. But I am not sure why it doesn't

    It wouldn't because a beach is large and there are some places salt water never reaches.

    A metal detector has a coil that when enough metal is present it will change the oscillation frequency enough for the electronics to detect it causing it to beep or light up, etc.

    I hope I answered your questions.