As if to make the date of the eclipse more memorable

On Nov. 16, 1910, a “meteor” appeared almost at the moment of totality of an eclipse of the moon, according to Eng. Mec., 92-430 and Nature, 85-118. The account in Nature reports that the object may have come from just below the eclipsed moon, ‘from an apparent radiant,’ according to an observer at Naas, Ireland. La Nature of Nov. 26 that same year reported that from Besancon, France, a meteor “like a superb rocket, ‘qui serait partie de la lune’” was seen. A Mrs. Albright reported, in Jour. B. A. A., 21-100, that a luminous point had been seen upon the moon throughout the eclipse.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p506 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Only by coincidence

Ponton’s Earthquakes, p. 118, describes an earthquake in Illinois preceded by “‘a luminous appearance, described by some as a meteor and by others as vivid flashes of lightning’” on October 8, 1857. Although felt in Illinois, the center of the event was in St. Louis, Missouri. Something “exploded terrifically in the sky,…and shook the ground ‘severely’ or ‘violently,’ at 4:20 a.m., Oct. 8, 1857.” Timbs’ Year Book of Facts, 1858-271, says that “’a blinding meteoric ball from the heavens’” was seen. The St. Louis Intelligencer of that date also describes the “large and brilliant” meteor. The New York Times reported that it sounded “’like thunder or the roar of artillery.’”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p406 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).