Cosmic Connection Meteorites

Hunting, Collecting, and Trading Cosmic Related Rarities Since 1998

Osceola Florida

Doplar radar image indicating where the rocks fell in the Osceola National Forest in northern Florida.

*UPDATE*  Alan Rubin of UCLA has produced a new paper about Osceola and can be viewed at the bottom of the page, and I have recently learned that Osceola is one of only 33 meteorites with a known orbit!

Go to Mikes website to read an excellent report he wrote.

http://www.mikesastrophotos.com/comets/osceola-meteorite-recovery/

 

space.com article

 http://www.space.com/32048-fireball-meteorite-hunt-photos-osceola-florida.html

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

The road leading into the strewn field couldn't have had a better name!

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Upon arrival my heart sinks, the terrain looks quit inhospitable. The sand roads might be our only hope, but as we drove down the main road that runs through the heart of it all we realize it was graded today! Things are really looking bad now.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Mike makes the first find of the Florida event! It's also his first meteorite find ever. Couldn't ask for anything better!

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

The first find, 8.5 grams of fusion crusted success!!! Good job Mike.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

The first stone from the fall, now it's time to get busy!

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Brendan Fallon

About 1.5 hours after Mike's initial find I score the second find from the fall! 18.5 grams.

18.5 gram Find #2  Photo Larry Atkins

18.5 gram Find #2  Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Brendan and Laura are stoked!

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Laura achieves success! 5.5 grams of crusty goodness!

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

You can see some roll over on Laura's find, sensational!

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Mike's second find and it's in the mud puddle.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Mike's second find, 48.5 grams. 

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

The interior of my 18.5 gram stone. This is a portion of the type specimen at UCLA. The required balance was taken from the main mass.

 

Photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Brendan Fallon

The 839 gram stone as found. It's just about even with the ground. Good eye! photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Brendan Fallon

She's out of the hole. Photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Brendan Fallon

Very Nice!! Photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

839.15 gram Florida Main Mass. Found by Josh Adkins.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

It took a lot of searching to find my second stone. 75.5g, 100% crusted.

Rebecca at channel 4 in Jacksonville Fl. holding my second find.

See the news report here;

http://www.news4jax.com/web/wjxt/news/hunters-find-meteorites-in-the-osceola-national-forest

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

 

 

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Photo Larry Atkins

A beautiful arrowhead perched on sand.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Can you see the walking stick insect at the right of my finger?

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Old hunting stand.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Brendan's doing his part, that's a bag of trash he's carrying, stuff he's collected while hunting meteorites. Outstanding.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Cricket Frog

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

What a fine suit of camouflage this insect wears

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Osceola turkey

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Osceola Turkey track.

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

The track of a young Florida black bear.

Photo Darryl Landry

Photo Darryl Landry

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

What in the world is this? It was on a tree stump and is only about .75 inch tall. If anyone knows what it is please let me know.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Darryl presents... A big snake! 

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Carnivorous Pitcher Plants

 

At the end of the day, ya gotta eat! Darryl, Laura, Me and Brent.

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Another short tempered Cotton Mouth!

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

A small fish thrives in nothing more than flooded forest.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

This forest is really just a big tree farm.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

A short walk through some dry grass resulted in these fashionable shoes!

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

A large hog wallow from the wild boar that roam these parts.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Josh got stuck! We didn't get him out until the next day. My Uncle Brent came in with his 4x4 Dodge and saved the day!

photo Brendan Fallon

photo Brendan Fallon

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

The red truck had to pull him out in reverse, there was no way to get in front of Josh's car, unless you made the 1.5 hour trip around the forest and came in from the other side!

 

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Laura Atkins, Mike Hankey, Me.

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Larry Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Photo Laura Atkins

Here's the important info alluded to at the top of the page. A big congratulations and thank you goes out to Alan Rubin.