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Meteorite Strike In Connecticut Sparks Interest In Weston Event

This meteorite, which weighs 36.5 pounds, hit Weston in 1807. Another meteorite fell on Connecticut last week.
This meteorite, which weighs 36.5 pounds, hit Weston in 1807. Another meteorite fell on Connecticut last week. Photo Credit: Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

WESTON, Conn. -- The crash of a meteorite through the roof of a house in upstate Wolcott, as reported by NBC Connecticut , has renewed interest in an earlier meteorite strike in Weston more than two centuries ago.

Just like in the case of the Wolcott meteorite last week, when mysterious loud banging noises were reported across central Connecticut, three explosions were heard that morning in 1807 in Weston, where six pieces of meteorite were found.

The strike in Weston was the first in the Western hemisphere. The meteorite is now in the collection of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven. Read about it here . (In an odd "W" coincidence, the Connecticut town of Wethersfield has also been hit by two meteorites, the Peabody Museum reports here .)

An exhibit detailing the historic Weston meteorite strike continues at the Easton Public Library during its regular hours through Tuesday, April 30. For more information, visit the Historical Society of Easton’s website .

For a previous story on the exhibit, check The Weston Daily Voice here .

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