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1557 Lycosthenes comet & meteorite shower

1557 Lycosthenes comet & meteorite shower

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PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PAUL D STEWART / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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A deadly shower of stones, and a comet represented as a burning torch in the sky. Woodcut with early handcolouring from Conrad Lycosthenes' (Chronicle of Prodigies and Omens) - "Prodigiorum ac Ostentorum Chronicon" Published Hendricus Petri, Basel, 1557. The fall of stones and the burning comet are connected in the narrative, but no case of people being hurt by meteorites has been reliably reported in modern times. Lycosthenes book recites accounts of ancient and medieval natural disasters, occurrences, monstrosities, deformities, and apparitions. He notes the occurrence of numerous comets and the fall of meteorites such as that witnessed and collected at Ensisheim in Alsace on the 7th November 1492.

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