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Cosmic Phenomena of the Past

Nature volume 162, pages 289290 (21 August 1948) | Download Citation



IN a paper, "Further References to Cosmic Phenomena in the Kitäb Al-Muntazam of Ibn Al-Jauzi, and a Few in Tärikh-E-Rähat Afzä (India)", a reprint from Islamic Culture, April, 1948, Mohd. Abdur Rahman Khan provides a short account of thirteen fireballs from A.D. 983 to A.D. 1031 ; three comets from A.D. 974 to A.D. 1056 ; a comet in A.D. 1741, a detonating fireball in A.D. 1742, and another one in A.D. 1757 and an earthquake at the same time (it is conjectured that the earthquake may have been due to the impact of a large meteorite with the ground), and a slight earthquake in A.D. 1759. This information is additional to that published by the same author in his brochure "Meteoric Showers, Past and Present", some of which was discussed by him in the Islamic Culture Magazine, 20, 4 (1946).

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