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    BRILLIANT FiREBALL ON FEB. 25.—Mr. W. F. Denning writes: “This object appeared at 11.54 P.M. and caused a vivid illumination of the sky over the south-west of England. There was a double outburst resulting in two flashes of dazzling intensity. Some observers thought the size of the nucleus about equal to that of the full moon, but considered the luminous effect greater than that of the moon coming suddenly from behind dark clouds. The light was white, similar to that of magnesium. The flight was slow, and perhaps occupied 3 seconds in traversing 200. A considerable number of descriptions are coming in from various places, but for scientific purposes very few are of use. Before the path of the body can be ascertained, more data must be awaited. There is a strong probability, however, that the meteor was directed from a radiant point in Leo and that it passed over the south-east region of Devonshire, falling from 66 miles to 26 miles in height at a velocity of 18 miles per second. Several large fireballs have been directed from this radiant (near Regulus) at the end of February in past years.”

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