Meteor seen over Hewit Common near York Nathaniel Pigott

Meteor seen over Hewit Common near York by Nathaniel Pigott

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Meteor seen over Hewit Common near York

Plate 20 from the paper "An account of an observation of the meteor of August 18th 1783 made on Hewit Common near York. In a letter...to the Reverend Nevil Maskelyne...", by Nathaniel Pigott, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol.74 part 2 (1784), pp.457-459. The first of two drawings shows the track of the meteor across the sky from 'formentation' to 'extinction'. This was reversed North-South in the final plate with the inscribed instruction: "N.B. Turn this scheme topsy turvy". The second shows three figures of the meteor itself: figure 1 "luminous matter collecting"; figure 2 "appearance of the meteor immediately after it was formed"; and figure 3 "the nucleus extinct..." These three drawings appeared reversed in the final published plate.

Original: ink on paper. 1783

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