Science: Fiery Passage

The sky of the southwestern U. S. grew suddenly, hellishly luminescent, just before dawn one day last week. A meteor had passed with the howling roar and ripping draft of a monster express train. The pilots of two mail planes were aloft close enough to the phenomenon to bring precious new information down to scientists.

Frank Williams, flying the Transcontinental & Western Air route 50 mi. west of Albuquerque. N. Mex., saw the whole sky suddenly illuminated "as if someone had turned on a great blue electric light." A core of blue...

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