Hi we found this burned into our patio chair on SUNDAY 19th MAY around 1pm. No one is doing any work or building nearby and our garden is surrounded by tall conifers. We live Kidderminster , Worcestershire
You can see although tiny it has clearly burned a crater into the plastic and also looks like it has maybe bounced as there is another tiny mark near it. The Rock is indeed Magnetic but only about 4mm across.
We have had some close up shots taken and are in the process of having even better ones done.
You can see it has holes in and specks of gold in it.
Any help or identification of this would be wonderful.
We are very excited about it :))))
Wow - I think you may have areal one there!
I think you need to bring this into the Museum for closer inspection.
However, I can't formally advise on that because I'm independent of the Museum.
Hopefully one of the Museum Team members will comment...
Hee hee wouldn't that be nice, a lottery win would topic off nicely!
More pics here too!
I will do. :)
Have emailed the images across but have gad auto response to say there is huge delays in responding. But tweeted them to say I have sent them across.
Will let you know
Many thanks again.
Not a great reply.... but im not convinced the whole thing is very strange! i saw this link that says noone knows really how hot they are when they hit the earth?!! a mystery! :)
We have had a quick look at your images and the object does not look like a meteorite to us. Here are some links to meteorite information you might find useful -
As it melted your chair we would guess that it has come from a bonfire. Meteorites are not hot when they land, certainly not hot enough to melt a chair! If you would like one of our mineralogists to look at the actual specimen you can post it to us at -
Natural History Museum
As you mentioned we do have a bit of a backlog for palaeo and mineralogy specimens, but we will examine your object as soon as we can.
Hannah (NHM ID Team)
Thanks for the reply! Nobody has had any bonfires anywhere near here and as fires are not allowed in this area it couldn't be from a bonfire?! Also as mentioned above our garden is surrounded by tall trees.
Not sure at all what it is then.
Thank you for the response .
Yes - a mystery.
From your photos, I thought I was seeing a fusion crust.
Also my comments bore in mind what you were saying about no local source, such as bonfires.
Definitely needs somebody to look at it under a microscope (thin section transmitted light and/or reflected light) to try to determine its compostion. In the first instance, it would be interesting to see if it was crystalline (could be amorphous or cryptocrystalline). If not, other methods would be needed to determine its make-up.
I have suffered something very similar a few years ago.
But firstly have you just noticed the specimen or have you recently purchased the chairs or had some metal work done near your house?
I used to park my car next to a metal erectors workshop right next to were they cut 'H' girders up using oxyacetylene blow torches until one day when I sat in my car and noticed several objects stuck into the rear window.
Upon further investigation I found similar objects to yours that had melted into the window!
They also were just going rusty and could have only come from the red hot metal produced during the cutting process.
I have just spoken to two of our meteorite specialists at the museum about your specimen and I have shown them your photos. They are both world experts in their respective fields and they have both said that unfortunately they do not think that your specimen is a meteorite but they are more than happy to examine it to try and identify what it could be. They have noted that the specimen is rusty. In order for rust to occur oxygen has to be present and as there is no oxygen in space it suggests that your specimen has been on Earth for long enough to enable to the rusting process to occur. Also the specimen appears to be hollow and meteorites are solid. If you could like to have it examined by the specialists please send it to the address Hannah gave above and we will have it looked at ASAP.