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Meteor over Great Britain provokes scientific debates (1783)

Meteor over Great Britain provokes scientific debates (1783)

The meteor was visible for only thirty seconds.

On August 18, 1783, a brilliant meteor was spotted over Great Britain, the appearance of which was recorded by many observers at the time. The meteor first appeared over the North Sea and then flew over the east coasts of Scotland and England and across the English Channel. It is believed to have disintegrated over a wider area of ​​southern France.

This astronomical phenomenon developed extensively in the Royal Society’s journal called the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (the world’s longest-running scientific journal to date). The study was made by Sir Charles Brian Blagden, and was commented on by many British naturalists, astronomers and scientists (Alexander Aubert, Gilbert White, Richard Lovell Edgeworth) and the Italian scientist Tiberius Cavallo, who was on the terrace when the meteor passed. castle in Windsor. The meteor was visible for only thirty seconds, at about 9 pm local time in what was then England. Towards the end of its journey, the meteor apparently disintegrated into several parts.

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