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APOD, the RASC Archives, and the Great Meteor Procession

Written by R.A. Rosenfeld, RASC Archivist on
Post Date: 
Sat, 2013/02/09

Today marks the centenary the Great Meteor Procession (GMP), the most spectacular meteor procession on record. The meteors crossed a quarter of the Earth's circumference, and many of the observers whose impressions contributed to the fundamental scientific report on the event were Canadian. The iconic image of the GMP was painted by RASC member and professional artist Gustav Hahn (1866-1962). To mark the centenary of the event NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) features the century-old reproduction of Hahn's painting from the RASC Archives. For more information visit APOD, as well as the RASC page on the GMP, and a full study of the image by RASC members.