Here it is. enter image description here Hope this helps you best image I could take.

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    $\begingroup$ If you are using a smartphone, suggest if you aren't having luck focusing it from the touchscreen, place the phone somewhere stable and set a timer so that there is no shake, or at least use a location with greater light. There are usually ways to get better pictures, except with the worst resolution. See also this post on Photography SE... searching for other similar questions there may help even further :-) Just takes a little practice/patience :-) $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Mar 26 '18 at 4:14
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    $\begingroup$ Also many smartphones just don't have the focal length to take a picture very close to the subject, so you may have better results moving further back and zooming. $\endgroup$ – John Mar 26 '18 at 4:17
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    $\begingroup$ Best image I could take? No really? So you take bad pictures and then post them anyway and hope someone is here is going to take the effort to answer this? Instead of finding out how to take a decent picture? You have a question you want solved, but you place the effort on other people. Very unfair. $\endgroup$ – Jan Doggen Mar 26 '18 at 6:28
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    $\begingroup$ I'm sure this has been posted many times, but, why not: xkcd.com/1723 $\endgroup$ – userLTK Mar 26 '18 at 7:17
  • $\begingroup$ This image is quite fuzzy. $\endgroup$ – Eevee Mar 26 '18 at 19:45

Based on the photo, your rock is not a meteorite but a piece of lead ore containing galena. Even with a blurry image, I can see well defined cleavage planes. Galenam, lead sulfide, is the most common grey metallic mineral with showing perfect cleavage. Galena is also very dense.

Ref: Galena Mindat.org.


No this is not a meteorite. A meteorite would have a dark crust because it was heated by friction in the atmosphere, and show signs of being molten on the surface.

If you want a better answer you need to provide a lot more details - the picture you provide is as bad of as a picture as you can get and still call it a picture.

The weight of a rock is only one indication, so we would also need additional details. An additional important detail would be whether it is magnetic. If it is, it is still only another step towards indicating it just might be a meteorite... and lots of meteorites are non-magnetic as well.

  • $\begingroup$ @Khasha: I guess what trond is emphasizing is that meteorite is a term for an actively falling rock? So I guess the proper term is meteor fragment?? $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Mar 26 '18 at 19:04
  • $\begingroup$ @JeopardyTempest No, it states in the answer no this is not a meteorite. $\endgroup$ – Eevee Mar 26 '18 at 19:35
  • $\begingroup$ @Eevee, indeed, I think in quickly skimming it I read it the wrong way the first time, as if it were saying "no, a meteorite would be hot, have dust breaking away, and a molten crust". Thanks for fixing me, +1 for trond. $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Mar 26 '18 at 19:42
  • $\begingroup$ @JeopardyTempest no problem. I gave it an upvote too. I'm also considering to post an answer as well, so stick around! $\endgroup$ – Eevee Mar 26 '18 at 19:44
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    $\begingroup$ @JeopardyTempest thank you for the edit,it is a lot better now. $\endgroup$ – trond hansen Mar 27 '18 at 5:18


Although the image is quite fuzzy, I can make an inference:

It is not a meteorite.

Meteorites tend to have more of a dark, ash-like crust; and have clear evidence of it being molten while traveling through Earth's atmosphere.

Here's a good example of what a meteorite would look like:


Here's an article I found while searching the web for an answer to this question. It talks about what a meteorite is, what it looks like, its composition, its origin, when they can be spotted, and a video from youtube.

Also, try reading this rock-identification post and see if it helps you in the future! :)

But getting back on topic:

To be considered a meteorite, it must have a fusion crust. Fusion crust is usually very dark and ash-like. This dark, glassy crust is formed when the meteorite begins to speed up and the air around it starts to heat up. Once the air is hot enough, it will slightly melt the outside of the meteorite, giving it it's fusion crust.

By the looks of the rock in the image you provided, there seems to be no fusion crust, so it's not a meteorite.

If you need more information, please click on one of the links I provided above.

  • $\begingroup$ Eevee, most of your answer is fine and reasonable. But your first sentence of reasoning... seems to perhaps lift trond's first idea (it's very rare to happen to have such similar sentence ordering/structure, and even some words, like this) Goal isn't to have one answer compile all answers together, but to have each answer be an independent bit of input, hopefully from someone who has the expertise to answer the question (indeed, if you aren't a geologist with experience on the topic, just maybe stop short of the "no it's not a meteorite") thought. And always attribute liberally! :-) $\endgroup$ – JeopardyTempest Mar 28 '18 at 2:20

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