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America’s first fireball

As scientists in Europe continued to debate the extraterrestrial origins of meteorites, their counterparts in the United States discounted the theory—until a meteorite landed in their backyard. In 1807, astonished residents watched a fireball explode in the skies above Weston, Connecticut. 

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Fell December 14, 1807

Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA


AMNH 353

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