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A Remarkably Brilliant Meteor


TO-NIGHT, about 10.45 p.m., I was “stepping westward,” about half a mile east of my house. Suddenly the ground before me was lighted up with noontide splendour by a luminary that was above me and behind me. Looking back I saw a meteor a good deal east of the Great Bear, and nearly as high in the sky. It was about as big as Venus, and of the same hue. It was speeding from north to south with a slight descent. Its course very soon came to an end. It left behind it a streak of duller lustre: this phosphorus-like trail vanished almost at once. The career of this meteor while that body was visible here, lasted little, if at all, longer than a minute, but its light was remarkably brilliant.

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