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Body and train Lasted several
Lighted up the town like the noonday sun.
Entirely lighted up the road.
Diffused light; brighter than full moon.
Most brilliant colours.
Diffused light, a fine blue.
Flash 1 sec.
I. Meteor, 1801, July 16th, 10" 15m r.M. G.M.T.
By Mrs. E. Addison, of Gainsford, Durham, this meteor was first seen 29° from the horizon, in the direction of the towns Dunkirk or Ostend, upon the Greenwich latitude. Mr. J. Howe, of Greenwich, observed the meteor to pass within 8° or 9° of his zenith, as may be inferred from the position of a Lyra) at the time of the meteor's appearance; but this is at variance with the accounts of Mr. Charles Reed at Westminster, and Mrs. Davics at Southborough, who describe the meteor in the E. as far from vertical. If we assume the meteor to have passed over Dunkirk at an altitude of 30°, as seen from Gainsford, its height was here 172 miles above the French coast. The obstruction of houses on the west side of Whitehall in Mr. Charles Eeed's account, shows the meteor to have disappeared nearly due N. from London, at an altitude of 10°, pointed out by Mr. Howe at Greeny ich. At Gainsford,
the same point of the path had altitude 20° in duo N.E. The latter lines of sight approach within eleven miles of each other, eighty-eight miles duo E. of Newcastle, and forty-four miles above the sea. It is probable, from the account of Mrs. Davies, that the meteor first appeared somewhat S. of the latitude of Dunkirk, and that the entire path of 395 or 400 miles was performed in not less than ten to twelve seconds of time.
H. Meteor, 1861, July 16th, 11" 32m v.u. G.M.T. A similar comparison of the catalogued accounts of this meteor assigns its path with somewhat greater certainty at 300 miles of length, from 195 miles over North Foreland to sixty-five miles above the sea, sixty miles S. of PI3-mouth. The meteor passed the Isle of Wight at a height of 150 miles; and here a durable tail first began to be developed from the nucleus. The duration of the flight was five to six seconds, at the largest estimation.
Meteor, 1861, August 6th, llh 21m P.m. G.M.T. The accounts of Mr. Joseph Baxendell at Manchester, and Messrs. T. Crumplen and J. Townsend at London, determine the centre of this meteor at eighty miles above a point halfway between Leicester and Birmingham; and, assuming its course to have been direct upon Manchester, a path of 176 miles in five seconds is inferred, from 126 miles above Winchester to twentyone miles above the northern point of Staffordshire.
Meteor, 1861, November 12th, 5h 49m r.M.
The accounts of Mr. L. and Mr. W. Pcnn at Oxwich and Stone, place the earliest appearance of this meteor at 90 to 100 miles over Peterborough or Cambridge. Its approach to the zenith, both at Hay and at Bristol, indicates a passage between the latter stations; and the remaining accounts will be found to be satisfied with considerable accuracy by a course of sixty miles above Lundy island, terminated with a slight dip towards the sea,