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The Kentucky Explorer prides itself in the quality of articles and stories found in our magazine each month. The pages of the May 2001 issue, for example, has 22 of them, all interesting and unique. We invite you to view the "Table of Contents" this month, if you haven't already done so.

Here is a complete story found in our February 2002 issue:

Meteorite Probably Struck In Or Near Russell County In 1919
An Early 20th Century Account Of This And Other Events

Author Unknown - 1919

The terrific shock and explosion felt through Central and Eastern Kentucky Wednesday afternoon seems to have been due to a falling meteorite. The heaviest shocks were felt in the mountain section of the state.

Somerset felt the full force, and people of that town and section were almost panic-stricken as the shock after the noise lasted several seconds.

Students at Jamestown saw a ball of fire passing through the sky shortly after noon, and a few minutes later there was a heavy explosion heard all over Russell County.

The meteor was also seen in Danville (now Boyle County), where the shock caused fear of an earthquake.

Reports from points along the Queen and Crescent Railroad tell of the heavy shock at Pilot Mountain, North Carolina, where window lights were broken out.

Liberty, Kentucky, also reported a shock.

Despite the force that must have been exerted to cause such shocks, no damage has been reported.

This stone (at left), found at Long Island in Phillips County, Kansas, fell from the sky at some time prior to 1896. At that time, it was the largest known meteorite. Note the 12-inch ruler, at right.

Several persons in Lexington heard a rumbling noise similar to thunder shortly after noon on Wednesday, but, at the time, the cause was attributed to blasting.

Professor A. M. Miller of the University of Kentucky, an authority on meteorites, stated today the reports of the shocks would seem to indicate an earthquake disturbance, but for the fact that a ball of fire was seen by several persons and that it was traveling in the same general direction.

Professor Miller will make an effort to locate the body, which he thinks, from the terrific shock caused, is an unusually large one. He asks that all persons who saw the heavenly body inform him where it was seen to explode, its height (in degrees) when seen, and the direction it was traveling.

Meteorites, when they break away from their planets or satellites, fall in the direction of the sun. Some are intercepted by the earth. Falling through space, they have an enormous velocity, but upon falling into the air cushions surrounding the earth, their velocity is checked. They become heated and split up into pieces, thereby causing concussions in the air. It is these concussions, Professor Miller stated, that causes a rumbling sound similar to thunder.

This meteorite (at right), which fell in Tucson, Arizona, is known as "signet iron." It weighed 1,400 pounds and measured just over four feet across.

Kentucky is in the belt extending from Kansas to North Carolina, in which the greatest number of meteorites have been found. This is due to the fact that this belt is composed of the oldest land surface and was not disturbed by glaciers. Most of the foreign visitors found in this state have been of the iron variety, because the stone meteorites, which are most numerous, are confused with ordinary rocks.

On November 8, 1902, three meteorites fell in Bath County and were afterwards located. The largest one, weighing 180 pounds, is now in the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago, Illinois. A chip off the second fragment, weighing several ounces, is in the possession of Profession Miller.

Another large meteor fell in Harrison County several years ago.

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