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  1. Welcome Meljerm, Unfortunately, your rock is typical basalt or slag, both of which are magnetic. billpeters
  2. No. Looks like quartz inclusions in, maybe, basalt. billpeters
  3. Had a great Barbeque by Meteorite feast Sunday night during the Geminid Meteor Shower. The annual Geminids produce on average the highest count of meteors of any meteor shower. Nearly 100 meteors can be seen per hour during the peak night of December 13/14. The good news is that the Gemini twin stars where the radiant of meteors seem to originate are at a north celestial latitude and rise earlier in the evening than nearly all other meteor showers making barbequing and observing much less late night. I set up my barbeque wood pile on the dirt hill just beyond the cul de sac at the dark d
  4. Jester, 100% terrestrial sedimentary. Nothing even close. Keep looking down, they're out there! billpeters
  5. Kolang 1°53’18.8"N, 98°39’39.6"E Sumatera Utara, Indonesia Fall: 1 Aug 2020 Classification: Carbonaceous chondrite (CM1/2) History: (M. Farmer, Arizona) Around 4 pm local time (9 am UTC) on 1 August 2020, residents in northwest Sumatra (Central Tapanuli Regency) heard loud booming sounds that shook their houses. A single stone weighing ~2100 g went through the roof of a house in Kolang at 1°53’18.8"N 98°39’39.6"E (Satahi Nauli, Kolang, Central Tapanuli Regency, North Sumatra, Indonesia) and embedded itself into the soil beside the house. Another stone impacted in a r
  6. I saw that article about the close pass and also on Spaceweather.com of Asteroid 2020 VT4. It would have been about 10.9+ magnitude for about half an hour over Phoenix and even brighter over the Pacific where it was the closest. The past few nights I have been watching Asteroid 8 Flora 78 miles across at 8.2+ magnitude moving slowly through Cetus. I have also been watching in my binocs Comet 2020 Atlas M3 moving northwards at a good pace past the right belt star of Orion to past the right shoulder star Bellatrix. It has been fading to 8.4+ magnitude. Early morning Comet 2020 Erasmus M3 has br
  7. Welcome. It's absolutely not a meteorite. It is slag. Slag is not steel, but leftover remelted refuse. It is quite common and dumped everywhere. billpeters
  8. Iska warran or mambo, Jamale! I have been running an interpretation business www.400languages.com for 28 years now where I use Somali and Swahili interpreters nearly every day. I use other Bantu languages like; Maay maay, Rundi and neighboring country languages like; Juba-Arabic, Dinka, Maadi, Amharic, Tigrinyan, Afar and about 75 other African languages. We interpret onsite for local African background people in the Phoenix, Arizona area for medical clinics and the courts. We also interpret over the phone and by video conference. "Jamalito" is a positive nickname to me here, but cul
  9. Just like all Earth rocks that have a 1000's year old weathered surface. billpeters
  10. Meteorite fusion crust is normally smooth, black, and about as thick as your fingernail. It may have crazing surface cooling cracks that are less than one millimeter deep. Your boulder has nothing similar to meteoritical crust. billpeters
  11. Welcome to the forum raising, Your rock is standard basalt extremely common and found everywhere in Arizona. You need to explore more about meteorites and what they look like and their texture. You should visit the ASU meteoritical center. They should be open now. billpeters
  12. محمد, Welcome to the forum. The bad news is that your rock has no characteristics of a meteorite, but all the characteristics of a terrestrial rock. Take a look at your suspected rock(s). If it glistens like a crystal structure (ie: quartz) at any point in the rock, it can’t be a meteorite. If it has layers, it can’t be a meteorite. It’s sedimentary. If it has small gas bubbles (vesticles) in it. It is not a meteorite, but basaltic or sedimentary. If it is moderately magnetic it is NOT a meteorite. If there is a thick crust on it, it can’t be a meteorite. If it has very rough
  13. Morlock, For decades it has been known that the deuterium heavy water ratio of comets and meteorites did not match Earth's oceans. It seems clear that most of all water on Earth is primeval in spite of all of the TV hype. Yes, comets and meteorites have contributed some, but more like just a few percent at best. billpeters
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