METEORITES FROM NEW YORK STATE

Shooting stars that cross our night sky are not really stars but pieces of rock burning in the atmosphere. Shooting stars are meteors, and are referred to as meteorites when they hit the ground. Most meteorites are made of stone, but since they look like ordinary rock they are seldom recognized.

Meteorites have been recovered from 12 localities in New York State. Meteorites from four of the sites—Burlington, Mount Morris, Peeksville, and Tomhannock Creek (labled in red)—are part of the New York State Museum Collections, and are described further below.

Meteorites from NY State
Name
Type
County
Yr Found
Latitude
Longitude
Bethlehem H Albany 8/11/1859 42°32'N 73°50'W
Burlington* IIIE Otsego 1819 42°45'N 75°11'W
Cambria IRUNG R Niagra 1818 43°12'N 78°48'W
Lasher Creek iron Montgomery 1948 42°50'N 78°48'W
Mount Morris* H Livingston 1897 42°42'N 77°53'W
Peekskill* H6 Westchester 10/9/1992 41°17'N 73°55'W
Schenectady H5 Glenville 4/12/1968 42°51'39N 73°57'1W
Scriba   Oswego 1834 43°27'N 76°26'W
Seneca Falls IIIA Cayuga 1850 42°55'N 76°47'W
South Byron IRUNG R Genesee 1915 43°2'N 78°2'W
Tomhannock Creek* H5 Rensselaer 1863 42°53'N 73°36'W
Yorktown L5 Westchester 9/1869 41°17'N 73°49'W
* Specimens in the NYSM collections
NEW YORK METEORITES IN THE NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:
Burlington Meteorite

Catalog ID: Geology G-3.1.0-7

Group: Octahedrite

Species: Burlington Meteorite

Collected: Burlington, Otsego Co., NY

Measurements: 2.3 x 1.5 x .4 cm; 9.5 g

Peekskill Meteorite

Catalog ID: Geology G-19240

Group: Ordinary Chondrite

Species: Peekskill Meteorite

Collected: Peekskill, Westchester Co., NY

Measurements: 4 x 2.3 x .7 cm; 26.57 g

Mt Morris Meteorite

Catalog ID: Geology G-1.1.0-9

Group: Olivine-Bronzite Chondrite

Species: Mount Morris Meteorite

Collected: Mount Morris, Livingston Co., NY

Measurements: 2.6 x 1.8 x 1.3 cm; 12.6 g

Tomhannock Meteorite

Catalog ID: Geology G-1.1.0-11

Group: Olivine-Bronzite Chondrite

Species: Tomhannock Creek Meteorite

Collected: Schaghticoke, Rensselaer Co., NY

Measurements: 2.8 x 2 x .2 cm; 4 g


In total, the Museum has a small collection of meteorite specimens from 28 localities throughout the world, including one pseudo meteorite, three tektites, and one lunar basalt. The majority of the specimens were acquired between 1880 and 1920.



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