On this day…in 1799

American Astronomer, Andrew Elliott Douglass, witnesses the Leonids meteor shower from a ship off the Florida Keys. Douglass wrote in his journal that the ‘ whole heaven appeared as if illuminated with sky rockets, flying in an infinity of directions, and I was in constant expectation of some of them falling on the ship. They … [Read the full story]

Massive meteor shower hits San Francisco Bay

A fireball lit up California skies and stunned stargazers, and professional observers say more meteors are on the way. The exploding streak was visible over the San Francisco Bay area and other parts of Northern California, and there were also reports of a loud boom. “It looked like a plane crash or rocket,” said Philip … [Read the full story]