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Scotland fireball 6 January 1901

Title: Fireball in Sunshine
Authors: Denning, W. F.

ON Sunday, January 6 [1901] last, at 0h. 52m. p.m., a brilliant fireball was seen by many observers in Scotland. The sky was clear and the sun shone brightly at the time. The meteor was observed from Whiteinch Park and Great Western Road, Glasgow, flashing across the north-western sky, and resembling a rocket with a long streaming tail. One correspondent at Glasgow says it travelled from the north-east to west, and that in colour it was like reflected sunlight. Another writer describes it as being of considerable size, ``the fiery mass being as large as a bowling ball with a glowing red tail attached.'' At Killearn, N.B., the object passed from N.W. to W.N.W., and was about 12 degrees above the horizon at the time of its disappearance. It traversed a path of about 20 or 25 degrees, during which it fell about 5 degrees. The radiant of the meteor was probably in Auriga, Perseus, or Aries, so that it belonged to a different system from that which furnished the brilliant daylight fireball of January 9, 1900 (NATURE, January 25, 1900).


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