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1824 Meteor

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
August 11 1824
From the Baltimore Gazette, July 28

Meteor
On Saturday evening, about half past nine o’clock, a most vivid meteor was seen passing over Baltimore, from southeast by east to northwest by west, the trail of which was visible for some minutes, and superior in brilliancy to any heretofore noticed within the recollection of our oldest inhabitants; its elevation was about eighty degrees.


Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
August 11 1824
From the National Intelligencer

The Fredericksburg and Alexandria Heralds state, that a Meteor was seen, between the hours of 9 and 10 o’clock of Saturday night last. I also say it. The direction in which it shed its light across the Heavens, was from NNW to S., unaccompanied by the slightest noise. Its train was very long and bright, and was visible two or three minutes. The flash of the Meteor was extremely brilliant, so much so that a pin might be picked up. Several citizens saw it, who will concur in these facts – some expressing surprise that no explosion was heard. Some time last Fall I saw one (sitting in the same situation I was on Saturday night last,) pass long the Heavens precisely in the same direction this one took, though that was accompanied by an explosion. T.

July 30, 1824
Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
August 11 1824

On Friday evening the 30th ult., at about 35 minutes past 10 o’clock, a Meteor made its appearance south west of this borough, the size of which was like unto the moon: Its course was a little north of west until it reached the horizon, and visible duration about 5 seconds. The emission of light that proceeded from it was truly astonishing to the eve of the beholder; leaving behind it something in the resemblance of the trail of a comet, but much larger, for at least 2 seconds after the body-part disappeared. -- Car. Gaz.

[Submitted by Nancy Piper]






 


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