The investigation of meteorite stream using the Chinese historical records

  • Meteorite records in “Song Shi”, “Yuan Shi” and “Ming Shi” are quantified
  • Meteorite streams can be found in the Chinese historical books
  • The source of meteorite streams is different to meteor streams

A meteorite cataloguing, gathering report, based on Chinese historical records of “Song Shi”, “Yuan Shi”, and “Ming Shi” was constructed, which consists of 52 meteorites appearing between the years 960 A.D. to 1644 A.D. Several peaks over 1σ level are found in the bar chart of meteorites with their moving average and emerge from February to July, which also has a good agreement with the window of the moving average of meteors. Therefore, the agreement suggests that the appearance of a meteorite stream could be found in astronomical records of the historical books in China.

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