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Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Texas State researchers ID meteor storm in Whitman poem

Texas State researchers recently identified a mysterious meteor appearance from a poem in Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass," using a painting by Frederic Church as a clue.

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Texas State astronomers say they’ve solved Walt Whitman meteor mystery

The researchers applied an unique brand of forensic astronomy to the question, rediscovering one of the most famous celestial events of Whitman's day--one that inspired both Whitman and famed landscape painter Frederic Church--yet became inexplicably forgotten by...