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Monday, August 13, 2007

A Page Right Out of Astronomical History

Astronomer Monty Robson visited Rutland, Vermont, to find out where William Page lived on Dec. 14, 1807—not for genealogical reasons, but because on that day Page witnessed a meteorite explode in the sky over Connecticut.

Page, after watching the explosion early in the morning of Dec. 14, 1807, recorded his observations with the help of neighbor and noted meteorologist the Rev. Samuel Williams.
"I never had any idea William Page had been involved in anything like this," said Jim Davidson of the Rutland Historical Society.
"The house had been moved three times, but he didn't need to know where the house was now," Davidson said. "He needed to know the GPS coordinates of William Page's yard in 1807. It was a different sort of request from what we're used to. Usually people are researching their family tree." [Link]

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