By The (Oil City) Derrick
Published: Saturday, February 16, 2013, 4:48 p.m.
Updated: Sunday, February 17, 2013
CHICORA — Russia's “big bang” meteor on Friday morning caused a light burst big enough to blaze up the sky and a noise boom loud enough to shatter windows and damage buildings.
While Western Pennsylvania falls into the rest of the northeastern United States as witness to periodic meteor showers and occasional one-shot spectacular celestial events, the last one that really perked up the public was nearby in Chicora, Butler County.
About 6 p.m. June 24, 1938, a huge fireball exploded over the small borough of Chicora. At first, the commotion was thought to have been caused by an explosion in a nearby building used to store gunpowder.
Had it progressed closer to Earth before exploding, note the studies, it would have destroyed much of nearby Pittsburgh and resulted in very few survivors. (Special Note: When this event happened, Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science was under construction, in the center of the North Side's business district.)
The fist-size meteor fragments were split into two collections, one set going to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and the other to the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh.
More - Link >>> http://triblive.com/state/pennsylvania/3495296-74/meteor-chicora-1938#axzz2NBbMEGo6
Letter-to-the-Editor regarding memory of event:
Link >>> http://triblive.com/opinion/letters/3507791-74/meteor-memories-backyard#axzz2NBbMEGo6
Sources: The Derrick of Oil City PA, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Special Thanks: David Vater.
Photographs of some of the meteorites in The Carnegie Museum of Natural History collection, as displayed in the Hillman Hall of Minerals and Gems in 1999:
Link >>> http://andrewcarnegie.tripod.com/CMNHHillmanmeteorites.JPG
Fifth largest meteorite fragment from the Barringer Meteor Crater in Winslow, Arizona, originally displayed at Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science:
Link >>> http://buhlplanetarium2.tripod.com/Buhlexhibits.htm#meteorite
Photographs of construction of Pittsburgh's original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science:
Link >>> http://buhlplanetarium3.tripod.com/photoalbumBuhl.htm#1937
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