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Seeing the Mokoia meteorite fall

Seeing the Mokoia meteorite fall

This letter to the Wanganui Herald describes the fall of the Mokoia meteorite in 1908 by ‘One Who Saw It’.

The Mysterious Explosion


Sir,— In to-night’s “Herald” I saw Mr Irvine’s idea of the cause of the rumble at 12.30 p.m. to-day. I take the honour to correct this. I was near No. 1 pole, by the tramway powerhouse, when I happened to look up, and saw a huge white ball fly from the sun in a westerly direction. It had a tail like a meteor and gradually faded off into a long-silver-like line, which remained in the sky for several minutes after the ball disappeared, and then faded away like puffs of smoke. Soon after the ball disappeared I heard an explosion like the boom of a heavy gun. Perhaps astronomers can give us a reason for this.—I am, etc.,


Aramoho, November 26, 1908.

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Story by Simon Nathan, published 12 Jun 2006