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Welcome to our South African website dedicated to education on Meteorites in South Africa.

If you’re new to meteorites in South Africa then you’re either a collector or someone who is wanting to learn more about them or you want to buy meteorites or sell meteorites in South Africa.

A meteor is a meteoroid – or a particle broken off an asteroid or comet orbiting the Sun – that burns up as it enters the Earth’s atmosphere, creating the effect of a “shooting star”. Meteoroids that reach the Earth’s surface without disintegrating are called meteorites.

Many South Africans have meteorites in their collection.

People often wonder what is their meteorite worth and would someone buy a meteorite in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban or online in South Africa? What are the 3 types of meteors? There are 3 main types of meteorites: Stony, iron, and stony-iron. Stony-Iron Meteorites. The least abundant of the 3 main types, the stony-irons, account for less than 2% of all known meteorites. They are comprised of roughly equal amounts of nickel-iron and stone and are divided into two groups: pallasites and mesosiderites. Stony meteorites are meteorites made of rock, but can also contain small amounts of iron. There are two types of stony meteorites; chondrites and achondrites. Chondrites are the most common type of meteorite.

Meteor impacts on the moon or Mars can eject surface material into space that ends up on Earth. Back in 2013 a 297g meteorite that originated on Mars fetched just under R1.5 million. A 1.8kg lunar meteorite, the most expensive ever auctioned, sold for almost R5 million in 2012.

Earlier this year and for the first time in South Africa, 20 meteorites were auctioned off in Johannesburg by Chris de Klerk, an art specialist at Stephan Welz & Co Auctioneers. The meteorites were found in different parts of the world, some as long ago as 1837 and others in 2017. The space rocks were expected to fetch between R20,000 and R500,000 each. All of the specimens which were auctioned came from outside South Africa according to the ENCA article.

From outside South Africa? Surely all meteorites come from outside South Africa as in from outer space, down from the Heavens?

The National Heritage Act says any meteorite fallen on the South African soil or waters is the property of the state. You are not allowed to sell it without the permit of the heritage agency.

Did you find a meteorite in Cape Town? Did you inherit a meteorite South Africa collection in Joburg? Do you want to buy or sell or trade a meteorite in Durban? Then take a look at our online meteorite South Africa shop.

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