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Walt Whitman Meteor Mystery Solved

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posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 06:35 PM
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(June 3) - The long-standing mystery over exactly what famed poet Walt Whitman saw streaking though the sky 150 years ago has apparently been solved by a team of bookworm astronomers. Following a trail that began with a 19th century painting and led to hundreds of newspaper reports, the researchers discovered that the "strange huge meteor-procession" mentioned in Whitman's noted collection "Leaves of Grass" indeed refers to a rare procession of earth-grazing meteors that occurred in 1860.




This painting by Frederic Church showing a meteor was a crucial clue in solving the mystery of what poet Walt Whitman saw in 1860 and later wrote about in "Leaves of Grass."


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Very interesting bit of news here. I dunno how many here have heard about this story in general, but I personally found it fascinating.




posted on Jun, 6 2010 @ 06:44 PM
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This is very good -- I love stories that are scientifically validated years later. And that this one inspired a poem - even better.



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