Go Back Report # 1653

08-05-1889

"GLOBULAR LIGHTNING"          
Nature, 40-415 (Aug. 29, 1889)          

... on (August 5, 1889), at midday, this district was visited by a violent storm of rain, which lasted half an hour and was accompanied by thunder and lightning
. When the storm had passed over and the sky was getting bright, a rod-like object was seen to descend from the sky. It is described as being of a pale yellow color, like hot iron, and apparently 15 inches long by 5 inches across. These dimensions are given by an observer who estimated its distance (about correctly, as it subsequently appeared) at 100 yards, and are therefore not affected by the uncertainty attaching to estimates of the sizes of objects whose distance is quite unknown. The object descended “moderately slowly, not too fast to be followed by the eye,” and quite vertically.         

(The occurrence was at East Twickenham, England―NGM)     

The Books, p. 291.      
NOTE: The reference to “The Books” in the INFO Journal is a reference to Charles Fort’s 4 books, The Book of the Damned, New Lands, Lo!, and Wild Talents, republished as one book called The Complete Books of Charles Fort.

Mr. Markham observes the odd circumstance that this “globular lightning" was described as appearing conspicuously like "a rod-like object." –ed.   

Reference for the above text is: The INFO Journal, Vol. 1, No. 4, p. 30, Spring 1969 by the International Fortean Organization (INFO), © 1969.  
With thanks to Jan Aldrich for forwarding it to me (CF).          
Original Reference:
Nature, 40-415 (Aug. 29, 1889).           

UFOCAT PRN – 10407 [DOS: ??-??-1889]    
UFOCAT URN – 10407
Computerized Catalog (N=3076), #0189 by Jacques Vallee, no © date           

UFOCAT PRN – 85642 [DOS: ??-??-1889]    
UFOCAT URN – 79245
Flying Saucers Have Landed by Desmond Leslie, p. 32, © 1953          

UFOCAT PRN – 85642 [DOS: 08-05-1889]   
UFOCAT URN – 85642
Book of the Damned by Charles Fort, p. 279, © 1919  

Europe – United Kingdom, Richmond upon Thames  
East Twickenham   Latitude 51-26-00 N, Longitude 000-19-00 W (D-M-S) [seat of a first-order admin. div.] 
Reference: http://geonames.nga.mil/ggmaviewer/    





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