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Hundreds of northwest Kansas and a handful of Greensburg residents attended this weekend's Greensburg Day. This first-ever event, which took place at Sternberg Museum of Natural History, boasted an eclectic mix of science, emergency preparation and first-person survivor accounts of the day in May when an EF5 tornado destroyed the town.
The day came about because Sternberg is hosting the 1,000-pound meteorite that was in Greensburg's Big Well Museum at the time of the tornado. But the event grew, as Hays-area groups teamed and invited the town of Greensburg to attend.

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Haviland will open its doors to visitors on July 6 and 7 when it hosts the 2nd annual Haviland Meteorite Festival on the campus of Barclay College in Haviland. Just two months after it became a central location for relief efforts for victims of the tornado that devastated its neighbour, Greensburg, just 10 miles down the road, this year's event will honour volunteers.

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Scientists estimate that the meteor that fell in Kiowa County some 20,000 years ago weighed 500 tons and was 20 feet across.
At least 95 percent of it most likely burned or evaporated as it fell to Earth.

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Several hundred people turned out Saturday in Haviland to gaze at meteorites in the city's first meteorite festival.

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The entire community of Haviland is gearing up for its first ever Meteorite Festival, "Ab Astra: From the Stars," July 7-8 on the Barclay College campus.

Games, clowns, live entertainment, food booths, stories, tours, vendors, a parade, a medallion hunt, helicopter rides, a 1,430-pound meteorite and meteorite experts will provide an event sure to please festival-goers of all ages.

One such expert, Dr. Denton Ebel, comes all the way from New York City's American Museum of Natural History that features the Brenham Pallasite in its Hall of Meteorites. Ebel, a member of the museum's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, agreed to attend the event after being contacted by Haviland Mayor, Jeff Christiansen. Ebel is scheduled to present a lecture on the nature of pallasite meteorites on Saturday in Jackson Hall on the Barclay campus. He will then go out to the dig site of the recently discovered Arnold meteorite that weighs in a little over 1400 pounds.

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