Bright Meteors


AT 8.55 this evening a party of six observed a meteor in the constellation Aries, or below it, which emitted light sufficient to cast a bright gleam on the neighbouring trees. The body of the meteor shot rapidly along a course extending about 20°. It then seemed to explode suddenly, and its track was luminous for a short time. The granular débris of the meteor continued to pursue with very much retarded velocity a path slightly deflected from its former course: it continued to do so for several degrees' and it was, I think, fully a minute after the explosion that several of us almost simultaneously exclaimed, “It is falling.” It resembled the expiring light of one globe of a rocket charged with golden rain. The falling motion was very slow, I think it was visible for two minutes after the explosion, but though we tried more, than once to consult our watches, the light was insufficient.

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HIGGINS, H. Bright Meteors. Nature 10, 482–483 (1874).

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