With their dramatic, glowing tails and cyclical appearances, comets fire the imagination, fuel scientific exploration and draw eyes to the skies.
Text by Greg Thilmont | Photo editing by Connie Ricca
On July 12,1937 approximately 9 or 9:30 PM I was standing in our back yard in Pontiac, Michigan, watching the stars and saw this humungous fire ball with a streaming tail as bright as lightning passing so close to earth it felt as if I reached up I could almost touch it. I could hear it sizzle like bacon frying, it was so close and big, the ball was the brightest orange red I had ever seen, it was coming from the South West arching towards the North Eastern part of the sky. I never heard a word about this, in all these years. I looked it up it the library in Lacey, Washington and saw an article in reference to it, I can't remember the title of the book.
Even though I was only 12 years old. I can still picture the sight and sound as if it happened last evening.
If anyone has any info regarding this event, I would really appreciate any information, I'd love to put my mind to rest, before I get any older. thank you for any info you may have.