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In Wisconsin, a meteorite explodes in the morning skies over Vernon County

Astronomy, iconic image
03/25/1865
At nine in the morning, observers in Vernon County, Wisconsin saw an object several miles in the sky moving with speed from the north-east to the south-west, accompanied with a loud rumbling noise.  They watched the object explode at around four miles up and at least two large pieces fall to the ground.  These were found five days later and one of them, dubbed the "Claywater Meteorite," became an important artifact for the study of meteorology.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
Oliver Cummings Farrington, "Catalogue of the Meteorites of North America to January 1, 1909,"  Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 13 (Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Science, 1915), 469.

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