Nininger Moment #20 The Science Of Learning To Recognize Meteorites

In America Nininger noted that it was the village of Weston Connecticut that was first to realize a fall in the New England area and at a time when knowledge traveled slow and new ideas took time to be accepted. On the December Morning a Judge Wheeler witnessed the fall and asked to himself if the fireball, the noise in the form of a thundering sound, along with buzzing, whizzing and a stone which hit a nearby building and rolled away into the grass could at all be associate with each other.

At the time it was thought that no stones could fall from the sky. Judge Wheeler asked his neighbors what they had seen and heard and a number of them had picked up odd looking stones from their yards and had heard the noise. Yale professors were contacted to try to find answers to how this could have happened. The professors at first thought the story a hoax but after questioning Judge Wheeler and his area neighbors and seeing that a great deal of sincerity was present with the story concluded that some how rocks had fallen from the sky.

So was the hard won acceptance in Europe that rocks fell from the sky (though it was accepted earlier on than in America). A French priest in the mid 18th century carried a stone to Paris Museum and told of the story of the rock falling from the sky. He was told that it was impossible but perhaps lighting had struck causing the rock to form (thunderstones). So it was settled that no stones could possibly fall from the sky as there were none to fall from the sky and the issue was settled (for the time being in 1755).

Other falls by respected citizens and scientist were recorded, an astronomer Jerome de la lande described a fall near Bresse in 1753. Another priest Father Bachelay presented evidence of a stone he had seen fall but was told it must have been formed by a lighting strike. An Italian chemist D. Troili, wrote a detailed account of a fall at Albareto, Italy in 1766. Again these testimonies fell on deaf ears of the scientists of the time. Other falls happening in Europe with detail accounts of the falls also happened, including the countries of France, Italy and England. There were many good witnesses and stones to back their claims. This began to divide scientists into two camps, some believing that somehow stones must fall from the sky and some who thought it was caused from some natural occurrence here on Earth.

Then nature provided a unique Shower that occurred near the town of L’Aigle, France where some 3,000 stones pelted down on the towns people, some of which narrowly escaped serious injury or death. Hundreds of peasants witnessing the event and many were not a little frightened. The investigation by French scientists at the time heard such consistent reports of the event along with thousands of stones that were gathered after being seen to fall that wide acceptance had now become fact. It would take many years for other areas to gain respect that stones did indeed fall from the sky but it was becoming better documented and something that couldn’t be ignored or explained away anymore.

The Nininger Moments are articles or books written originally by Harvey Nininger and put into a consolidated form by Al Mitterling. Some of the items written in the moments might be old out dated material and the reader is advised to keep this in mind. Source: Find A Falling Star

–AL Mitterling

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