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The Leonid Display, 1897

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VERY unfavourable weather appears to have prevented the successful observation of the Leonids at their recent return. In consequence of this the impression seems to have gained ground that the phenomenon did not occur as predicted. This is, however, a mistake. Could those observers who saw so little on the night of the 13th, have viewed the sky late on the following night, they must have been satisfied at the character of the display. Between about 4.30 and 6 a.m. on Monday morning the 15th, the usual streak-leaving meteors from Leo became very numerous, and some of them were unusually brilliant, one, which appeared at 5.25 a.m., being brighter than the moon. Unfortunately the sky was overcast at the great majority of places at the time when the maximum occurred, and very few reports have come to hand, but they furnish unquestionable evidence as to a plentiful fall of meteors in the few hours preceding sunrise on the 15th.

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