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Image number: RS.16471
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Evening meteors observed in Oxford

Date

March and April 1764

Creator

John Swinton (1703-1777, British), Clergyman

Object type

Archive reference number

Manuscript page number

p145

Material

Dimensions

height (paper): 185mm
width (paper): 305mm

Subject

Content object

Description

A celestial illumination observed by John Swinton on 5 March 1764 at 11 pm, from his bedchamber in Christ Church College, Oxford, in the Southern part of the sky. Swinton wondered if it was an ‘aurorae australes’. He also saw a luminous arch observed at Oxford on 23 April 1764, 8:55 pm, which disappeared at 9:27 pm.

Published respectively in John Swinton, ‘An Account of a Remarkable Meteor Seen at Oxford, March 5, 1764’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 54 (1764), pp. 326-29; and ‘An Account of a Remarkable Meteor Seen at Oxford, April 23, 1764’, Phil. Trans., vol. 54 (1764), pp. 332-36.

Transcription

NW. SE.
Transcribed by the Making Visible project

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