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Aurora observed at Ovoca, Co. Wicklow, November 3.—Observations from 5.30 p.m. to Midnight

Nature volume 23, page 100 | Download Citation



AT 5.30 p.m. yellow lights tinged with red were coming up all round the horizon; these at intervals formed indistinct columns to the south-west and north-west. At 6.30 there were faint reddish lights forming fans at different points; these were succeeded by fed and orange lights that rose forming glows, columns, and pencils; while at 7.30 a bright silver-white arch appeared to the north—the horns from this arch were pencils of white, which seemed to cross the arch; they were very numerous, appearing and disappearing nearly instantaneously; from about four to seven appeared at one time. Some of them were very long, shooting up to the zenith. After the arch had dissolved away, brilliant narrow, well-defined, thin columns of silver light shot up, the most marked coming up to the north-west at 7.40; this darted up suddenly, and moved gradually southward, and when about due west, close to the church tower, it disappeared at 7.45.

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