One hundred years ago today the
Great Meteor Procession of 1913 occurred, a sky event
described by some
as "magnificent" and "entrancing" and which left people feeling "spellbound" and "privileged".
Because one had to be in a right location, outside, and under clear skies, only about 1,000 people noted seeing the
Lucky sky gazers -- particularly those near
Canada -- had their eyes
drawn to an amazing train of
streaming across the sky,
in groups, over the course of a few minutes.
A current leading progenitor hypothesis is that a single
large meteor once grazed the Earth's atmosphere
and broke up.
When the resulting pieces next encountered the Earth, they came in over
south-central Canada, traveled thousands of kilometers as they crossed over the northeastern USA,
and eventually fell into the central
Pictured above is a digital scan of a
hand-tinted image by the artist
who was fortunate enough to witness
the event first hand.
Although nothing quite like the
Great Meteor Procession of 1913
has been reported since, numerous bright fireballs -- themselves
pretty spectacular -- have since been
recorded, some even
Credit & Copyright:
RASC Archives ;
Bradley E. Schaefer