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Meteor- Moon- and Sun-Shine


DESCENDING the Calton Hill from the Royal Observatory on Tuesday night, I was much struck with the appearance, though momentary only, of a fine meteor of Venus-like brightness, passing in a short course from south-east to north-east nearly horizontally, and at a height of about half a degree above the Pleiades, at 3 minutes past 12 G.M.T. The yellowness of the meteor's light was very conspicuous, contrasted with the blueness of the faint stars and of the sky about them in that direction, shimmering in pale blue reflected moonlight; and seemed to speak of abundance of sodium, as well as a low temperature of incandescence, in that particular meteor.

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