1860 Great Meteor

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1860 Great Meteor
Frederic Church Meteor of 1860.jpg
Oil painting by Frederic Church
DateJuly 20, 1860 (1860-07-20)
LocationUnited 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] In 2010, 150 years later, 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. January 7, 1871. Archived from the original on September 8, 2006. Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  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.