Our Astronomical Column

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    TELESCOPIC METUORS.—In his “Histoire de l'Astronomie pour l'Année VIIL.,” Lalande, referring to Schröter's observations, states, “il a vu plusieurs fois dans son telescope des petites étoiles qui filent comme un petit trait de lumière très-faible, qui dure 2 ou 3s,” and by way of explanation goes on to say that this proves the extension of hydrogen and oxygen many leagues in the depih of the atmosphere; meteors or globes of fire which excite astonishment when they are a distance of some hundied toises, become shooting stars when they are distant a league, and telescopic stars at three or four leagues, an opinion hardly favoured by later research.

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    Our Astronomical Column . Nature 15, 125–126 (1876) doi:10.1038/015125a0

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