Go Back Report # 1170



            The master of the brig Fawn, which arrived at Sydney from Timaru, New Zealand, on 8th September, reports having witnessed a very curious atmospherical phenomenon. It occurred at 11 p.m. on the 30th August when the vessel was in lat. 37˚ 19 S., long. 163˚ 48 minutes E. A south-southeast gale was blowing, the night was very dark, and the weather thick and dirty when suddenly a very bright light, like an electric light, burst forth and illuminated the sky for some seconds. The light appeared close to the water and was stationary. When it disappeared the sky became quite red, and continued so for about ten minutes. Captain Dillner says he has often seen a meteor at sea, but never anything like the light referred to or its effects.                                                                                                                 

This reference: Personal communication to me (CF) by E-mail from Chris Aubeck, dated 12-14-2009.

Original reference: North China Herald (Shanghai), October 24, 1883, p. 465. 


Pacific Ocean, Tasman Sea, between Australia and New Zealand

Vessel was in:             Latitude 37-19 S, Longitude 163-48 E (D-M from text above)

Sydney (Australia)       Latitude 33-53-00 S, Longitude 151-13-00 E (D-M-S)

Timaru (New Zealand) Latitude 44- 24-00 S, Longitude171-15-00 E

Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/

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