New Meteor Radiant

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THE “two remarkable meteors” closely following each other, observed by Mr. Hope on May 13 (NATURE, vol. xvi. p. 43), proceeded most probably from a shower in the small southern constellation Crater. Your correspondent describes the point of first appearance as a little south of Arcturus. If this means about 7° or 8° below that star, then the observed courses accord well with the centre indicated, which is apparently quite a new radiant. From the Italian catalogue of 7,512 meteor paths (observed by Schiaparelli, Denza, and others in 1872) which I have lately been reducing, I found this shower at R.A. 170°, Dec. 10° S. (near ε—θ Crateris) for May 3–15 from nine meteors.

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DENNING, W. New Meteor Radiant. Nature 16, 102 (1877) doi:10.1038/016102b0

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