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Amateur astronomer to discuss meteorite finds

An amateur astronomer from Livingston County plans to show off his discovery nearly five years ago of meteor fragments that fell near his home.

On January 16, 2018, an asteroid entered the atmosphere over the midwestern U.S. before exploding and then dropping to the ground around Hamburg Township’s Chain of Lakes.

Over the next few days, Licata and his family found three pieces of the meteor (called meteorites) on Strawberry Lake, a discovery he calls the high point of his amateur astronomy career.

Photo courtesy of: https://www.strewnify.com/hamburg-story/

Licata will show those three pieces and share his deep knowledge of this unique event during a talk sponsored by the Hamburg Township Historical Society on Saturday, January 14 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the township’s Senior Community Center, located at 10407 Merrill Road in Hamburg.

Admission will be free to members of the historical society, with a charge of $5/person for non-members. Tickets will be available at Eventbrite.com and at the door. Please note that the talk will be aimed at adults but also appropriate for children of middle school age and older.

Featured photo – From left are Sandra Macika, Todd Slisher, Tony Licata, and Brian Wolff. Not pictured but also part of the team that day was Buddy Stark. Photo by Lisa DeLuca Studios from Sky & Telescope article.

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