The fireball of Blackheath, 1890

The Perseids text
From the Astronomical Register at the Royal Observatory of Greenwich:

Gentlemen, –

A very fine meteor was visible soon after midnight on June 27 last, and a good many observers have described its unusual brilliancy ‘ but with one or two exceptions they have not given exact particulars of its apparent path amongst the stars.
The meteor was fortunately observed by Mr A. M. W. Downing, of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, as follows:-

June 27, 12h 15m G.M.T. – As I was crossing Blackheath I saw an extraordinarily brilliant meteor. The path was from Cassiopeia to near Pegasi, where it disappeared. It was many times brighter than Jupiter, left a bright train, and moved slowly, duration quite 5 seconds. It was the most remarkable and brightest meteor I have ever seen.

Text from NASA’s Astrophysics Data System Bibliographic Services (believed to be public domain), and photograph from wikipedia page about the Perseids, by Mila Zinkova

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One response to “The fireball of Blackheath, 1890

  1. For the sake of pedantry, he wrote “from alpha Cassiopeiae to near alpha Pegasi” — that is, two stars each identified with the Greek letter alpha in the constellations of Cassopeia and Pegasus respectively.

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