|The Meteor of 1860|
Walt Whitman also described this particular event:
The strange huge meteor procession, dazzling and clear, shooting over our heads,
(A moment, a moment long, it sail’d its balls of unearthly light over our heads,
Then departed, dropt in the night, and was gone;)
Year of comets and meteors transient and strange!
--from “Year of Meteors (1859-1860)”
I love Church's lush evocations of nature. Here are a few more of his paintings: