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THE large meteor of February 21 last, mentioned in NATURE of March 1 (p. 419), was also observed by me at Bristol. The time was noted at 7h. 18m., and the meteor was estimated as bright as Jupiter, but its light was much dimmed by the fog, low on the northern horizon, where it appeared. Its direction of flight was not well determined, the path being short and rapidly traversed in a place barren of visible stars, but it was roughly recorded as from 252° + 53° to 253½° + 49°. Comparing it with the description by Mr. Greig at Dundee, and with notes from North Lincolnshire and other places, it seems the meteor disappeared at a height of about thirty miles over Bolton, Lancashire; but the place and height of its first appearance are not satisfactorily indicated. The probable radiant is in Ursa Major. A good observation from Ireland, or the northwest part of England, would be very useful in assigning the precise path.

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