Sunday, December 14, 2008
from Researches in Natural History, 1830
(page 120; Chap. X., Light emitted from vegetation, etc.)
What have been called "shooting stars," and found sparkling on the ground, seem to be the tremella meteorica, and have been observed apparently to fall from the air. Thus on the night previous to the battle of Brandywine, a shooting star was observed by one of the sentinels to fall at no great distance; it proved to be a sparkling gelatinous mass.