The Leonids meteor storm of November 13, 1833, which lit up Colorado's dark night sky with thousands of flashes of light, is the subject of The Night the Stars Fell, a lecture and dinner sponsored by the Tesoro Foundation, Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site and the Denver Astronomical Society."There were many different interpretations of what was happening," says Tesoro executive director Holly Arnold Kinney. "Some people thought it was the end of the world, and some saw it as a divine revelation."
The event takes place tonight at the Fort Restaurant, 19192 Highway 8 in Morrison, where guests will dine on a four-course meal while National Park Service ranger Greg Holt shares detailed accounts from the time. Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and lecture at 7. Telescopes will be set up in the courtyard for spectacular views of the cosmos.