Splendid Meteor Seen on Saturday Night
(from The London Illustrated News, February 16th, 1850)
The night became calm and clear, with a few clouds on the horizon, and the stars shone with remarkable brightness. At a little before eleven o'clock I was struck by the appearance of a brilliant light resembling a continuing gleam of lightning but which, on looking up, I perceived to proceed from an elongated luminous ball, falling rapidly from the zenith to the eastern horizon.
It appeared like a mass of molten metal, but a little smaller than the moon's disc, and comparatively at a short distance from my place of observation.
The light given off was intense, and rendered the whole landscape distinctly visible. When approaching the earth it seemed to burst, but without noise. A shower of luminous fragments, like red-
In general appearance it more resembled what is usually understood as a meteor, but its magnitude and apparent nearness was remarkable. Had it, however, exploded with detonation, I should have supposed it to be a aerolite.
I was an eye-
I thought the last I saw of the meteor as the light vanished was a red spot, but it disappeared instantaneously.
I looked round at the clock directly it had disappeared and it was exactly twenty minutes to eleven.
The new apparition is of such unusual brightness that it is visible in daylight.
It was first detected by two miners in Johannesburgh on January 17, and before the end of the week had become prominent enough to attract universal attention.
No one in fog-
He writes: "My drawing represents the position of the Great Comet (1910 A) and its appearance as seen about 5.10 p.m on the 21st inst.
The tail had the appearance of a bright golden ray , and I could trace it for at least eight times the moon's diameter, in a north-
The tail was most distinct some distance from the nucleus, which shone brighter than Mars."
DRAWN BY G.F MORRELL
Aurora Borealis, Hampstead Heath, Pictorial News, 1847 ~
This magnificent phenomenon displayed itself on Sunday night last in a most remarkable manner.
It was visible from all parts of the metropolis and suburbs, but was seen to the best advantage from the tops of Hampstead Hill, near South End Green, from which spot our illustration was taken.
The rays of light commenced in the north-
The phenomenon was first seen about six o' clock in the evening, and kept on increasing in brilliancy until the entire northern horizon to the zenith was one mass of silver light, the dark sky showing through the rays like black stripes.
The time at which our sketch was drawn was about ten o'clock, when the beautiful display had reached its highest point.