What am I myself but one of your meteors?
August 16, 2010 7:55 PM Subscribe
posted by jessamyn (15 comments total)
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"A moment, a moment long, it sail’d its balls of unearthly light over our heads,
Then departed, dropt in the night, and was gone
" Walt Whitman wrote these words in the poem Year of Meteors, 1859 ’60
. Not until this year did a team of forensic astronomers at Texas State University, with the assistance of a painting
from the Hudson River School, figure out what he was really talking about
- A conversation with Ava Pope
, one of the students working on the problem.
- a related image of a similar event, the "Canadian Fireball Procession of 1913
" helped jog the memory of TSU astronomer Donald Olsen
- All known Earth-grazing fireballs
thanks to this user for the idea