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A peculiarity was observed about the vernal equinox in 1871 in the shape of the zodiacal light, which deserves to be recorded. The appearance resembled a thin cone (such as is usually seen), extending to a great height, and-rising out of a broad low cone situated at its base. This was not an effect of sunlight, for it was visible hours after sunset. It was not peculiar to any time or place, for it was seen constantly in all parts of the south of Europe, viz., in the Bay of Biscay, all along thedoi:10.1017/s0370164600029114 fatcat:tjga5sh7pvhixaj42tmafp3w2m