The Illustrated American Volume 10, No. 108

The Illustrated American Volume 10, No. 108

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...phe-nomenon continued for more than an hour; then it grad-ually faded away." This, of course, is the not unusual phenomenon known as "sun-dogs," and which is by astron-omers supposed to be caused by the intersection of two or more halos. At St. Paul, Minn., on February 14th, there was seen, at about ten o'clock P.M., a remarkable lunar halo, information concerning which was telegraphed through the Associated Press all over the country. But the moststartlingoccurrence of the character we are describing was the remarkable display of the aurora bo realis on the night of February 13th, which was visible all over the United States from the Atlantic seaboard to beyond the Mississippi River, and as far south as Tennessee. This aurora appeared in the northwestern heaven, extending between the constellation of the Great Bear and that of Cassiopeia, and rising to about sixty degrees from the horizon. It presented precisely such an appearance as would result from the illumination of the heavens by a great conflagration, excepting that the vast expanse of ruddy and pink color, in some places assuming a blood-red hue, was pierced by broad rays of white light, which, rising from a little above the horizon, darted with a vague, tremulous motion toward the zenith, dividing the field of color and giving the appearance of red and white stripes. Connected with this occurrence there was a serious interference with telegraphic communication all over the country. The wires of the Postal and Western Union telegraph companies were peculiarly affected. At times they became so overcharged with electricity that it was possible to read messages without the aid of the regular batteries. Meanwhile, between New York and Chicago there was experienced serious...show more

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  • Paperback | 46 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 100g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236555708
  • 9781236555700