Meteor display over New York, 1860

Meteor display over New York, 1860

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Credit: DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Meteor display over New York, 1860. Illustration of the Great Meteor Procession of 20 July 1860. This unique meteoric phenomenon was reported from locations across the USA. Landscape painter Frederic Church painted a scene showing a spectacular string of fireball meteors crossing the Catskill evening sky, an extremely rare Earth-grazing meteor procession. It is believed that this was the event referred to in the poem 'Year of Meteors (1859-60)', by Walt Whitman.

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