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Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 1:00 am

The evening of July 20th marked the 150th anniversary of an earth-grazing meteor witnessed as far north as Albany — down through the Hudson Valley and on the streets of New York.  The New York Times Letter to the Editor by H.A. Newton of Yale College on Aug. 9, 1860 is one of the many articles describing the celestial event.

A century and a half later, this exceedingly rare meteor procession has linked two American artistic giants: the celebrated Hudson River School painter, Frederic Edwin Church, and the iconic father of free-verse, Walt Whitman. 

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