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Beeston meteor 1853

Large meteor seen in the daytime.

1853, October 28 d 3 h 57 m p.m. This extraordinary meteor moved nearly perpendicularly down, inclining to east. It was first seen as a circular body of about half the apparent diameter of the sun, being accompanied by a stream of light ; afterwards it increased in size to almost the diameter of the sun, and then burst into fragments, with an explosion. The report of the explosion was from 1 second to 3 seconds after the meteor had disappeared, and resembled distant thunder. The meteor passed over 15 of space, disappearing 30 E. of N. at an altitude of about 10, duration 3". It was very brilliant, shining with a somewhat yellow light Soon afterwards, near the spot where it had disappeared, a band of prismatic colours was visible, being 2 wide and 5 in length. This phaenomenon when first seen was as brilliant as a rainbow, but soon faded, finally disappearing in about 5 minutes. Clouds were dispersed over the sky, from behind one of which the meteor appeared and afterwards vanished behind a second cloud. The above description applies to a station 1 mile W. of Beeston Observatory as seen by Mrs. L. J. Lowe.
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