A meteor procession occurs when an Earth-grazing meteor breaks apart, and the fragments travel across the sky in the same path. According to physicist Donald Olson, only a few occurrences are known, including:
- Great Meteor of August 18, 1783
- Meteor procession of July 20, 1860; believed by Donald Olson to be the event referred to in Walt Whitman's poem Year of Meteors, 1859-60.
- Meteor procession of December 21, 1876; sighted over Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania.
- Meteor procession of February 9, 1913; a chain of slow, large meteors moving from northwest to southeast, sighted over North America, particularly in Canada, the North Atlantic and the Tropical South Atlantic.
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