Scientists denied the existence of meteors for 300 years? Who, when, where? I've never heard of this.
They had a show recently on the History channel. And there is a church in France I think that has a rock that fell from space and someone actually watched it fall and where it landed.
The church has had the rock for several hundred years. And people come from all over to see the rock.
Before this time it believed that nothing fell from the sky ie rocks.
And when a rock was shown to be different it was said the ground was hit by lighting.
Google I am sure you can find it.
And FYI, they found a gold amulet in South America that is several hundred years old. And engineer made an exact model only 4 feet long, of this amulet with an engine on it and he could fly it. The amulet looks just like the space shuttle.
Oh here is something that may be the event mentioned on the show about when scientists started to study meteors as coming from the sky.
In 1883, many people were certain the sky was falling and the world was coming to an end. The Great Leonid Showers in 1883 gave spectators a dazzling display of fireworks that rained from the sky. It marked the beginning of scientific studies into meteors. The study of meteors is called meteoritics.