Comet orbits, 1696 artwork

Comet orbits, 1696 artwork

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Credit: ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Comet orbits, artwork published in Specula Physico-Mathematico-Historica (1696), an encyclopedia of science by the German monk and author Johann Zahn (1641-1707). The diagram (top) shows a geocentric solar system, with the Sun orbiting the Earth. The tails of the comets are correctly shown as pointing away from the Sun. Across bottom is an artwork of a castle on a rocky outcrop.

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