The History of Greene County, Missouri, published in 1883 by the Western Historical Company, St. Louis, Missouri includes the following account of a impressive meteor shower
THE "STAR SHOWER'' OF
"Between 3 and 4
o'clock, on the morning of November 13, 1833, there occurred in this county and
throughout a great portion of the United States the great shower of meteors
known as the "star shower," or the "falling of the stars." The splendor of this
remarkable meteoric rain will never pass from the memory of those who witnessed
it. Old settlers of Greene say that in the firmament above, and all around the
horizon, thicker than the stars themselves, -which were on that morning
uncommonly bright and beautiful, -were beheld innumerable balls of fire of a
whitish, pallid color, rushing down and across the sky, drawing after them long,
luminous traces which clothed the whole heavens in awful majesty, and gave to
the air and earth a pale death-like appearance. An inconceivable number of
meteors or falling stars shot across and downward from the heavens, as though
the whole framework of the blue and cloudless arch above had been shaken. These
small and luminous bodies had the appearance of flying or floating with great
rapidity in every direction, occasioning the greatest wonder among the
beholders, mingled with fear and consternation. Some described them as the slow
and sparse descent of large flakes of snow, and that each flake - some smaller,
some larger in size, from accidental aggregation or otherwise - take fire in
their passage, and, fusing like a bombshell before bursting, leave a long train
of lurid light, and that thousands of these, or as many were within the range of
vision, continued to descend and scatter and become extinct before they reached
the earth. In some parts of the country the shower continued until near sunrise,
when it is supposed they "paled their ineffectual fires" before the greater
brilliancy of the sun.
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