Night Sky in South Africa


    DR. MARY N. FYSH, of “Canterbury”, P. O. Devondale, Cape Province, South Africa, has sent an account of the night sky as seen from the high veldt country formerly known as Stellaland, in the Vryburg district of South Africa. There are probably few regions in the world better suited for such observations. Dr. Fysh states that the lightest film of cloud, such as will not hide even the faintest stars, is enough to obscure some of the appearances which she describes. Most of there will be recognized by astronomers and meteorologists as examples of the aurora, and a few perhaps refer to noctilucent clouds high up in the stratosphere.

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    Night Sky in South Africa. Nature 157, 474 (1946) doi:10.1038/157474b0

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