Sunday, March 23, 2008

from Transactions of the Bombay Geographical Society, 1849

(page 216)

Dr. G. Buist—A meteor about the size of Venus at her brightest was seen from the Agricultural Society's Gardens at 6:35 p.m., on the 10th April. It was unusually low—about 15° above the horizon, and seemed close at hand, not half a mile off. It swept along leisurely from nearly N. to S.; was white and lambent, and did not encrease sensibly in size as it proceeded. After traversing about 10° it threw out a long train of red sparks, and at about 10° vanished at once. Its progress was slow, and its path seemed undulating. I have never before seen a meteor so low, so near, or so unsteady in its movements.

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