1859 Solar Storm

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DAILY PROGRESS. YVJVW MORNING, SEPTEMBER 9, 1859. "TTftTet Masara-Aurra Eoreulis Ac. The senior editor of the Fayetteville Observer t Saratoga writes an interring letter to,.. It is " a. M1t nmA nffKo Aiirnrn T? ArnwK a -i uTSt Iain l j;liLiiiCi vi iugxui w ciwo auu n returning after service saw a long narrow streak 'flight, like, the tail of a comet, in the east and another in the west but none in the north, the direction in which these Northern Lights usually . ppear. Half an hour afterwards the display was more brilliant than I ever saw, except once on the Ilndseu river, many years 'ago. .The whole coutliern quarter of the heavens; was brilliantly illuminated with a deep vermilion, whilst in other direction the light was rather silvery, and merely tinned with fed. Directly over head was a eanopyt proceeding from around a small circular space pf light, from which the folds of pink and hlit fell gracefully in all directions to; the horizon. It was almost as light as if 'the full moon had been shining. Hun. reds of people left the triors for the streets and . yards, to gaze at the sublime spectacle sublime and beautiful even. tO OUr iOl iiiui u liiciiua v uo iii 3 it, jcai tintj, year, much: more so to us of the South who, are rarely so favored." I think it is ten years since I list saw the Aurora at Fayetteville. For several vcirs about that time we had had exhibitions of tfie riiysterions spectacle, of whosc'origin not even a reliable conjecture has been made, so far as I know. The weather had become very cool during the day, and continued to grow cooler, till this morning at 4 o'clock the thermometer stood at 44. Doubtless there was a slight frost, unless the clouds prevented. - H : '" J per from thattomea watering piaqe on uie 'ZUin V fiom which we extract the following : y J T w.is coing to Church after tea,' I observed

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  1. Newbern Daily Progress,
  2. 09 Sep 1859, Fri,
  3. Page 3

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