Science: Meteors

Anyone watching the sky on a clear night is likely to see two or three meteors. As flaming bits of matter they usually disintegrate and disappear scores of miles up. Far less frequent are meteors big enough to make a daytime display and send fragments visibly hurtling to earth as meteorites. Yet within 24 hours last week two such phenomena caused excitement on opposite sides of the U. S.

One afternoon a metallic mass swooped in a long arc over Maine and Massachusetts. Groundlings saw its orange-red path, heard a mighty rumbling...

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