What occurs nightly on Mars, for how long does it occur, what did people think it was, and what was it in truth?
The narrator of The War of the Worlds is never identified by name. He refers to a “great light” seen on the planet Mars in 1894, explaining that this was six years before the time when he is writing. Earth’s astronomers were perplexed about what to make of it, he says, but later realized that it was the invading forces, being shot toward Earth as if out of a gun. People think that the first Martian ship is a falling star, then a meteor.