Meteor Seen On July 21, 1860


A Meteor.---A meteoric body was seen passing through the heavens over this village at apparently no very great height, on Friday evening of last week. The time was about ten o'clock and not more than a minute was occupied in the passage of the brilliant object. Its direction was from west to east.


It lighted up the heavens with great brilliancy, and with its long and illuminating train it was momentarily thought to be an enormous piece of fire works. A similar meteoric body was seen to pass over New York City the same evening, an hour earlier and in an opposite direction.


A friend in this village writes thus:


"About five minutes after 10 o'clock on Friday evening I was standing upon the elevated terrace in front of his residence with my brother, Royall Tyler. Our attention was attracted by the meteor, which has excited so much comment.


"To us it seemed elevated 30 deg. above the horizon. When first seen, it appeared like a rocket which had missed its way and taken a horizontal course. The train was apparently of a rod in length. It then was over the west side of the Connecticut river valley.


Before it reached the eastern bank of the river the head of the meteor, which had until then been about twice the size of Venus, at her brightest period, divided, into two smaller parts, and very soon afterwards we discovered a third head, all three continuing towards the east, abreast. We could not perceive that one outstripped the other in the least.


Their apparent height above the earth was also the same. Each had a small train and seemed in vivid contrastion. Our view was wholly unobstructed until the three points were hidden by the range of hills far down on the eastern bank of the Connecticut.


"A line drawn from our position to the place in the heavens where the meteor was first seen by us would extend over New York City. A line drawn from the point of observation to where we lost sight of it would pass over Boston. The time of passage may have been half a minute or a minute, we could not agree upon the exact duration.


Yours,

G. P. T.

Vermont Phoenix, Friday, July 28, 1860.


The meteor arrived on Friday evening, July 21, 1860. George Palmer Tyler names the Hon. Charles Royall Tyler.


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