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The Leonid Meteor Display make a spectacular appearance over Europe.

Astronomy, iconic image
11/13/1866 to 11/14/1866

As predicted, the Leonid Meteor Shower provided much of Europe with a remarkable display of "shooting stars." British observers reportedly counted between two and five thousand falls per hour beginning just before midnight and peaking just after one in the morning and continuing for several more hours. Some individual meteor trains lasted sixty seconds or longer in a remarkable display. One London watcher reported 200 meteors in the two minutes between 12: 57 and 12: 57 a.m. A return of the Leonids the following year was lighter but more visible in North America.  (By John Osborne)

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"Chronicle," The Annual Register: A Review of Public Events at Home and Abroard for the Year 1866 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1867), 172-175.

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