Meteorites from Illinois

Ten meteorites have been found in Illinois. The “oldest” is Havana, which was found in a native American effigy mound. The most recent is Park Forest, which made a spectacular fall in 2003. Four Illinois meteorites were observed falls, the other 6 are finds. Four are iron meteorites, all finds, and 6 are stony meteorites.

The following information was taken mainly from the Catalogue of Meteorites (2000) edited by Monica Grady and published by The Natural History Museum of London and the Meteoritical Bulletin Database of the Meteoritical Society.

Map of Illinois meteorite find and fall locations. A red “I” represents an iron meteorite, an “OC” is an ordinary chondrite. (Courtesy of the Meteoritical Bulletin Database and Google Earth). Meteorites are named after the place that they fell or were found.  Most of the meteorite names below correspond to small towns in Illinois.