Re: Possible Historical Asteroid Strike?

From: phil osborn (
Date: Fri Jun 16 2000 - 22:38:13 MDT

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>>Subject: Possible
>Historical Asteroid Strike?
>Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 13:59:18 -0400
>According to an article by David Jewitt in the Planetary Report XX no. 3
>(page 4, 'Astronomy: Eyes Wide Shut'), the deaths of some 10,000 chinese in
>1490 were blamed on 'falling rocks'. the author speculates that this could
>be the results of the impact of a small (relative to the 65 Ma 'Dinosaur
>Killer' 10 km-diameter rock), throrougly fragmented rock.
>I picked this up off the ITSF list. So it seems that there have been more
>than just the unknown number from the Tunguska, and the Ohio strike in the
>1800's. Amara, do you have this article online anywhere?
>Mike Lorrey

I witnessed a major atmospheric near miss around the early '80's as best I
recall, from Long Beach. It passed overhead as a clearly visible fireball,
with a trail of fire behind it, and continued West as far as I could follow
it. Just last week I ran into someone else who apparently saw it as well,
but from much further inland to the North. I never saw any news on it at
the time. Anyone have any info?

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