On April 23, 2019, a bright fireball exploded over the rainforest in Costa Rica. Local residents were confused and amazed at the sight of black stones falling from the sky, crashing through roofs and peppering their gardens and fields. One stone penetrated the roof of a home and destroyed a writing desk. Word quickly spread that the meteorite was an unusual type and possibly quite valuable. A frantic search ensued as the locals combed their fields and the nearby forests. Professional meteorite hunters from around the world descended on the area and confirmed that the meteorite is a carbonaceous chondrite. Samples were sent off for analysis and preliminary results are CM2 - this is the same type as Murchison. Official classification is pending and should be completed very soon.
This meteorite is the most recent fall of a CM2 type and scientists are very excited to study it. Expect new research on this meteorite to be coming out for years to come.
For collectors, this meteorite is a trifecta : it is a witnessed fall, it is a rare type, and it is a hammer fall. This is only the second witnessed fall in Costa Rica and the first since 1857!
Note - within a day of this fall, torrential rains fell on the strewnfield and damaged any stones still laying the field. The pre-rain material is the most desirable and scientifically-valuable. The fragments I am offering here were found before the rains and were purchased directly from a client of mine who visited Costa Rica and bought stones directly from the finders.
Refer to the photo. The brass cube measures 1-centimeter square and is shown scale (cube not included). You are purchasing a single small fragment like the one shown. Your purchase will include a capsule, gemjar, and label and for safe storage.