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The Remarkable Sunsets


SINCE the end of October, when I first observed an unusual red glow for a considerable time after sunset, I have been a close observer of the atmospheric phenomena so fully described by your correspondents. For some time past they have appeared with little of their former brilliancy, until the evening of the 7th inst., when there was a remarkably fine display, equalling in many respects those of December. Of this I shall particularly mention but one feature which I had seen three times previously, but never displayed with such intensity and clearness of definition. At 5.30, when the after glow was at its maximum, a lovely crimson arc appeared opposite it in the eastern horizon, in every respect as described by Mr. Divers in his letter dated from Japan, which appeared in NATURE of January 24 (p. 283). I may remark that I have observed here, from November 10 to this date, but latterly with much diminished intensity, every one of the phenomena he so graphically describes.

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