Meteoric impact, 17th century. This fall of a meteor to Earth was observed in Styria, Austria, an event that is recorded as having taken place in August 1618. Meteors (also called shooting stars) are fragments of rock from space, debris from the early solar system that create a streak of light as they burn up in the Earth's atmosphere, often at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per second. Sometimes, parts of meteors will survive to reach the ground, when they are known as meteorites. Another name given to them is uranoliths (heaven stones). Artwork from the second volume (second period of 1888) of the French popular science weekly 'La Science Illustree'.
About the Artist -
Science Photo Library was founded in 1981 by Michael Marten, one of the authors of "Worlds Within Worlds", a book exploring different ways to observe the universe - from electron micrographs, to images of earthrise taken from the Apollo spacecraft. When Marten started receiving requests for the beautiful images in the book, he had an idea of setting up Science Photo Library.
Since then, Science Photo Library has continued to work alongside world acclaimed photographers and the leading science and medical experts to provide a central source of the best science and specialist imagery available. Although the collection started with scientific images, it has grown to encompass all aspects of science and their impact on everyday life.
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