Bonita Springs Meteorite

Most of the 92 lb meteorite currently resides at the Smithsonian Museum.

Found 1938, recognized 1956
26° 16
N., 81° 41 W. This ordinary chondrite Work in Progress Ordinary chondrites (OCs) are the largest meteorite clan, comprising approximately 87% of the global collection and 78% of all falls (Meteoritical Society database 2018)1. Meteorites & the Early Solar System: page 581 section 6.1 OC of type 5 or 6 with an apparent shock stage of S1, weighing 41.8 kg (92 pounds) is only one of five meteorites found in Florida, all of them stony. Details published in the Naples Daily News for July 4, 1993 describe the events of the day in 1938 or 1939 when Reginald Lyles went digging in a local Indian sand mound that measured 300 feet in diameter and 6 feet high, located between Bonita Beach Road and the Imperial River about halfway between U.S. 41 and the beach. While searching for relics, he found the large rock situated amid several skeletons. It was not until 1956, after having spent many years lying outside under a mango tree, that the meteorite Work in progress. A solid natural object reaching a planet’s surface from interplanetary space. Solid portion of a meteoroid that survives its fall to Earth, or some other body. Meteorites are classified as stony meteorites, iron meteorites, and stony-iron meteorites. These groups are further divided according to their mineralogy and was brought to the attention of the Smithsonian and a sample sent in for authentication. The meteorite was subsequently purchased by the Meteorite Curator for the Smithsonian, Dr. Edward Henderson, for the sum of $200, and samples have been distributed through the years to many other institutions including those in New York, Chicago, Boston, Australia, and Russia.

Links for more information:
Bonita Springs meteorite, Lee Co., Florida, USA
Meteoritical Bulletin: Entry for Bonita Springs
Bonita Springs : SkyFall Meteoritesshapeimage_10

BSHS Meteorite