Debris from a meteor streaked through the sky in western Siberia early this morning, causing a boom that damaged a large number of buildings, mainly in the Russian city of Chelyabinsk. Some 1,000 people were reportedly hurt, mostly as a result of glass shattering when the meteor entered the atmosphere.
The ARTstor Digital Library of course boasts many impressive images of meteors. Featured in our slide show is an image of the Krasnojarsk Meteorite, found in Russia in 1749, courtesy of the Peabody Museum of Natural History (Yale University), which includes several other fascinating specimens; a watercolor of people watching another 18th-century meteorite from Windsor Castle, from the Yale Center for British Art; and a detail of a medieval woodcut showing a meteorite falling near Ensisheim, Alsace, in 1492, from The Warburg Institute. You may have noticed that the post opens with a photo of a comet from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; we realize that a comet is technically not a meteor (Project ASTRO has a good explanation of the differences), but the image was too pretty to ignore.
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