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AN exceedingly brilliant meteor was seen here about 8.50 on Sunday evening, which was so bright that it attracted general attention, the light from it being as strong as an unusually bright flash of lightning, but more white. On looking up I saw, near the zenith, a long almost straight and uninterrupted ribbon of light, somewhat pointed at the end towards the north-east. After watching it for some time and noticing that it retained its brilliancy, I began slowly counting, and counted up to twenty before there was any noticeable diminution of luminosity. The last portion visible was the end opposite the pointed end, which appeared as a faintly luminous patch as large as the apparent disc of the moon, I consider that, from its first appearance, it was visible from 80 to 100 seconds.

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BALDING, A. [Letters to Editor]. Nature 10, 483 (1874) doi:10.1038/010483a0

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