Monday, April 7, 2008

from The Hundred Wonders of the World, 1821

(page 415)

On the 9th of July, 1686, at half past one in the morning, a fire-ball with a tail was observed in 8 1/2 degrees of Aquarius, and 4 degrees north, which continued nearly stationary for seven or eight minutes, with a diameter nearly equal to half the moon's diameter. At first, its light was so great that the spectators could see to read by it; after which it gradually disappeared.

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