And the stars fell on Alabama

Last Tuesday, a meteor broke up and landed south of here, near the town of Cullman. Dr. Bill Cooke of Marshall’s Meteoroid Environment Office called it a true fireball. It was large enough that it generated a shockwave on a seismograph in Huntsville.

The meteorite hunters are here in force, looking for fragments. Some are from Marshall, some are professional meteorite hunters. Good luck to them.

At least no one was hurt this time, unlike in Sylacauga in 1954, when a meteor hit Mrs. Elizabeth Hodges.

The post title song was written in 1934, inspired by the 1833 Leonid meteor shower.

You knew I had to post the song, right?
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5 thoughts on “And the stars fell on Alabama”

  1. I am convinced that wasn’t a meteor at all but was the unobserved 8″ registration round fired in 1988 from Romeo Battery 5/12. It had gone stratospheric, and was circling the earth since we fired it. We even had the cannon crew fall in to the rear of the piece, but there was no charge, deflection, or quadrant error…. I can think of no other explanation.

    1. Heh. When I was in Hawaii, a 105mm crew put a round over the mountain and off the reservation. IIRC, it hit a barn.

      And I think the aliens were aiming at Marshall SFC.

  2. This calls for a tounge sticking out at the solar system ecliptic, saying “Na, Na you missed me.”

  3. When I was at Sill, rehearsal for a “Fire Power Demonstration”, we dropped a 105-round on the VIP bleachers.
    They “Blowed-Up Good”.

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