Caroline Herschel comet discovery, 1797

Caroline Herschel comet discovery, 1797

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Caption: Caroline Herschel comet discovery. Notes by German-British astronomer Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) on her observations of 14 and 16 August 1797, discovering her 8th comet: Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel). The notes at right refer to her 6-hour horse-ride at night to report the comet to the Astronomer Royal Nevil Maskelyne in Greenwich. Caroline Herschel's main observations were between 1788 and 1797 from Observatory House in Slough, UK. She observed many nebulae, and discovered eight comets between 1786 and 1797. For her astronomical work she was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1828.

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