Friday, February 22, 2013

1913 meteor event over North America and Atlantic

The recent meteor event in Russia has stirred up interest in other meteor events in the newswires, and I came across this account from a 1913 event over northern North America, with most of the sightings from around the Great Lakes area exteding to the coast and into several reports by ships in the the Atlantic.

This event was odd in that the meteors apparently were traveling nearly tangent to the earth's atmosphere, sortof skimming along at very high altitude and not crashing down like the more recent Russian event.  This cluster of meteors apparently skimmed across the sky in a long trail lasting several minutes.

The linked article has a picture painted by artist/amateur astronomer Gustav Hans from his vantage point in Toronto as it passed over the night sky.

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