1860 Great Meteor

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1860 Great Meteor
Frederic Church Meteor of 1860.jpg
Oil painting by Frederic Church
Date July 20, 1860 (1860-07-20)
Location United States

The 1860 Great Meteor procession occurred on July 20, 1860, it was a unique meteoric phenomenon reported from locations across the United States.[1][2] American landscape painter Frederic Church saw and painted a spectacular string of fireball meteors cross the Catskill evening sky, an extremely rare Earth-grazing meteor procession.[3][4] It is believed that this was the event referred to in the poem Year of Meteors, 1859-60, by Walt Whitman.[5][6] 150 years later in 2010 it was determined to be an Earth-grazing meteor procession.[7]

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  1. ^ "Another Great Meteor". The New York Times. 7 August 1860. Archived from the original on 2013-05-02. 
  2. ^ "The Great Meteor of 1860". Appleton's Journal of Popular Culture. The Heritage of Western North Carolina. 7 January 1871. Archived from the original on 2006-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Meteor of 1860 by Frederic Church". Frederic Church. NASA. 22 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-07-22. 
  4. ^ "Church, Whitman both recorded an 1860 meteor". Register Star. 21 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Images of Harper's Weekly front page story". New Scientist. 1 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-06-05. 
  6. ^ "150-year-old meteor mystery solved". NBC News. 2 June 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Texas State astronomers solve Walt Whitman meteor mystery". Texas State University. 28 May 2010. Archived from the original on 2011-10-19.