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Great Meteor Procession of 1913

Domingo, 10.02.13

One hundred years ago today, a strange meteor sighting occurred over Canada, the U.S. Northeast, Bermuda and some ships at sea, including one off Brazil. What happened that night is sometimes called the Great Meteor Procession of 1913.



Meteors in annual showers appear to radiate in all directions from a single point in the sky, called the radiant point. In contrast, the June 9.1913 meteors appeared to cross the sky in formation, on nearly identical paths. Their pace across the sky was described as stately and measured. Also, as they plunge into Earth’s atmosphere and vaporize due to friction with the air, meteors in annual showers last only seconds. The 1913 meteors appeared to travel almost horizontally, nearly parallel to the Earth’s surface, and thus they remained visible to a single observer for about a minute, and the entire procession took several minutes to pass by.


Plus, rumblings and other strange sounds were reported, suggesting the 1913 meteors could have been relatively close to Earth when they disintegrated.



A 1913 report in the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada by Clarence Chant, who collected over 100 eye-witness reports of the event, described the scene like this:


A huge meteor appeared travelling from northwest by west to southeast, which, as it approached, was seen to be in two parts and looked like two bars of flaming material, one following the other. They were throwing out a constant stream of sparks and after they had passed, they shot out balls of fire straight ahead that travelled more rapidly than the main bodies. They seemed to pass over slowly and were in sight about five minutes. Immediately after their disappearance in the southeast a ball of clear fire that looked like a big star, passed across the sky in their wake. This ball did not have a tail or show sparks of any kind. Instead of being yellow like the meteors, it was clear like a star.



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