Reference numberAP/10/5
TitleUnpublished paper, on an atmospheric phenomenon by Jas [James] Cookson
Date15 November 1820
DescriptionCookson describes a sighting of a 'luminous vapour' rising from the earth between six and seven in the evening on 7 November 1820 in Southampton [Hampshire, England]. The vapour disappeared with a loud explosion and rumbling noise. Cookson does not know what caused the vapour, but suspects it was fire rarefied by subterranean heat or nitro-sulphurous fire. He then positsthat it could also have been an exploding meteor.

Subject: Meteorology

Written by Cookson near Alton, Hants [Hampshire, England] and addressed to the Secretary of the Royal Society.
Physical descriptionInk on paper
Access statusOpen
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