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    STUDIA GEOLOGIA - Issue no. 1 / 2004  
         
  Article:   NOTE ON A METEOR FALL NEAR THE ORADEA FORTRESS AT THE END OF THE XVIITH CENTURY.

Authors:  MIHAI GEORGIŢĂ.
 
       
         
  Abstract:  During the preparation of a new siege of the Austrian imperial army upon the Oradea fortress - still occupied by the Turks, an astronomical event was noticed by the high rank officers. At the end of a long war report forwarded by general Veterani to Emperor Leopold II on the 20th of April 1692, a brief version of a note by general Auersperg on this meteor fall was also included. There he mentioned about a “fire ball” that was noticed in the skies on April 8th around 10 p.m., that went beyond the blockade, fortress and the army forefront, and finally landed in the woods in the neighborhood. The note does not mention about any fragment being recovered. If the information presented above is confirmed, the fall from Oradea (1692) would represent the 11th and at the same time the oldest meteor recorded in Romania.  
         
     
         
         
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