Why this rock is probably not a meteorite:

That's a magnet stuck to the rock. The finder said that sewing needles stick to it, too.

It's smooth, but it does not have regmaglypts. If it were mine, I'd saw it in two.
What is it?

A meteorite will attract a magnet because it contains iron metal, but it is not naturally so magnetic that it will attract pins. This is probably a nice piece of magnetite.


Prepared by:

Randy L. Korotev

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

Please don't contact me about the meteorite you think you’ve found until you read this and this.