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The Meteor of August 11, 1878

The Meteor of August 11, 1878
By Professor Daniel Kirkwood.

1. Observations at Bloomington, Ind. - A few minutes after 10 o'clock* on Sunday evening, Aug. 11, 1878, Rev. John A. Bower of Bloomington, Ind., saw a brilliant meteor near the eastern horizon. Mr. B. had just taken a position facing an open eastern window. The meteor became visible very nearly east of Bloomington - perhaps a few degrees south of east- and about ten degrees above the horizon. Its motion was from south to north. The length of its apparent track was 20 or 25. The first half of its course was but slightly inclined to the earth's surface; the inclination, however, became sensibly greater towards the point of disappearance, which was N. about 70 E., and very near the horizon. The apparent diameter of the meteor was at least one-third that of the moon. The motion was extremely rapid ; the time of flight not exceeding two seconds. No detonation was heard, nor did the meteor separate into fragments at the time of disappearance.

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