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Great Comet of 1844, as observed from Van Diemen's Land (now known as Tasmania), off Australia. This comet was discovered on 18 December 1844, and was visible with the naked eye until the end of January 1845, during which time it was one of the brightest objects visible in the Southern Hemisphere. Comets are icy bodies from the outer solar system that boil and form a bright tail of gas and dust as they approach the Sun.
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