Weston meteorite

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Weston meteorite
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Weston meteorite, H4
Type Chondrite
Class Ordinary chondrite
Country United States
Region Weston, Connecticut
Observed fall Yes
Fall date 1807-12-14

The Weston meteorite is a meteorite which fell to earth above the town of Weston, Connecticut on December 14, 1807.[1]

History[edit]

The Weston meteorite is a meteorite which fell to earth above the town of Weston, Connecticut at approximately 6:30 in the morning on December 14, 1807.[2] The meteor fall was widely witnessed and reported in newspaper accounts at the time.[3] Eyewitnesses reported three loud explosions, and stone fragments fell in at least six locations.[4]

Strewn field & Naming[edit]

The majority of the strewn (debris) field (where most of the fragments fell) is in the eastern part of the present day town of Easton - in and around the Easton Reservoir.[3] Even though none of the debris field in currently located in the town of Weston, the town of Easton was within and part of the town of Weston in 1807, hence the name Weston meteorite. The remaining part of the debris field extended into neighboring Trumbull. Fragments of this meteorite were collected in the Tashua section of Trumbull.[3]

Historical & Scientific Significance[edit]

Fragments from the fall were collected, documented, and chemically analyzed by Yale University professors Benjamin Silliman and James Kingsley. The Weston meteorite is the first meteorite to fall in the New World which was documented in such a manner, marking the beginning of meteorite science in the United States. Fragments of the meteorite remain within the Yale meteorite collection, which is the oldest such collection in the United States.[3]

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