The Night the Stars Fell: The Greatest Meteor Shower in American History

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Adults, All Ages
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In November 1833, America experienced the largest and brightest meteor shower in recent history.  It’s estimated that at its peak, thousands of meteors were falling per hour.  The event was so bright and stunning that many believed the world was coming to an end.  This included an Illinois deacon and his charge, a young Abraham Lincoln, who would recall the event later in his life.  We invite patrons to come learn more about what causes this yearly event, how they can see it for themselves, and what made its 1833 occurrence so memorable.

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