American Journal of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Volume 6, Issue 2, June 2018, Pages: 31-38
Received: Apr. 5, 2018;
Accepted: May 19, 2018;
Published: Jun. 28, 2018
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Martin Beech, Campion College at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; Department of Physics, The University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Mark Comte, Department of Physics, The University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
From an observational standpoint the Chant Meteor Procession of 9 February, 1913 is particularly remarkable, being especially noted for its long ground track of at least 15,000 km, and for the slow motion and near parallel to the horizon paths adopted by the meteors. The circumstances surrounding the Procession are re-considered here in terms of the successive entry of multiple meteoroid clusters. These clusters are in turn considered to be derived from a temporarily captured Earth orbiting object that has undergone disaggregation. It is suggested that the general observational accounts of the Procession can be explained through the sequential entry of multiple meteoroid clusters that moved through the Earth’s atmosphere on grazing-incident trajectories. It is further suggested that the parent object to the Procession, prior to its breakup, may have been no more than 3 to 4-m across.
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