From a Chippewa Falls newspaper, around 1916:


TWO CHIPPEWA BOYS MAKE IMPORTANT ASTRONOMICAL DISCOVERY


Anyone who goes out on a clear night when the moon is absent, if they watch in the sky long enough, will see what is popularly called falling or shooting stars. These falling or shooting stars are very small particles of matter; some are not any larger than a pin or nail head and others are of great size. They travel with great speed that ranges from 5 to 40 miles a second, through space in orbits like comets. Many millions of these strike the earth's atmosphere every day. We see only a few of them because only a small part of the atmosphere is around us. The meteor strikes the air with a great velocity and the air acts as a wall. The force of the impact when the meteor strikes generates a heat that burns it up and we see the flash in the sky. It is well known that meteors have a close connection with comets and when a comet's orbit passes through the earth's orbit or path, we most usually see some meteors that belong to that comet.

There are about nine well known connections between comets and meteors. The novembers or Leonids and the Aug. or perseids that are named after the constellations they radiate from are the best known. Messrs.
Phillip Trudelle and John Koep, two boys of this city, have added another to these nine connections. They have done this without the use of a telescope. Maps of the sky showing nearly all the stars visible to the naked eye and have the constellations marked off on them are used. Some constellations are the big dipper or Ursa Major, The Lion or Let, etc.

The meteor flashes across the sky and the color, size, number and time it was seen are taken on a second sheet, while the path of the meteor is platted on the map of the sky. The meteors on it and the record sheets are sent into the headquarters of the American Meteor society at the Leander McCormick Observatory, University of Virginia, where Mr. Charles P. Oliver, head of the society, works up the results. In one case he found that the radiant point of certain meteors moved along a path that corresponds with a telescopic comet known as Wenneckes Periodic comet. Most comets are telescopic and this is one. These meteors were seen on the nights of late May and early June, 1916 by these two boys.

The boys say anyone, and especially amateur astonomers can do valuable meteor work if they are well acquainted with the constellations and have a little patience to wait for the meteors.

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