A Brilliant Meteor


YESTERDAY evening, November 4, at 7.55 p.m., I was fortunate enough to observe a very brilliant meteor. It became visible almost exactly at the zenith, or a little west of it, and moved, as nearly as I could judge, due east, magnetic; it remained visible for about from one to two seconds, disappearing, finally, rather low down on the eastern horizon. For the first half of its journey it was of a dazzling white brightness, and then it suddenly became a dull red spark. The light emitted from it when brightest reminded me of the light from an arc lamp, and was very much brighter than any of the fixed stars.

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COBBOLD, P. A Brilliant Meteor. Nature 41, 32 (1889). https://doi.org/10.1038/041032b0

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