ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After years of searching and several thousand misses, 13-year-old Jansen Lyons finally found his first meteorite — and the first one for Rio Rancho, too.
Lyons, a tenacious and fast-talking teen who lives in Rio Rancho, found the space rock in September of last year, but it wasn’t until last week that experts at the University of New Mexico’s Institute of Meteoritics confirmed its authenticity — and described the find as “extraordinary.”
The 2-pound meteorite, an “L6 ordinary chondrite,” had been on the ground for about 10,000 years, institute director Carl Agee said. It’s the first to be found in Rio Rancho.
The confirmation of Lyons’ suspicion was “exciting, to say the least,” he said.