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Engraving of a comet streaking over Augsburg, 1618

Engraving of a comet streaking over Augsburg, 1618

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CRAWFORD LIBRARY / ROYAL OBSERVATORY, EDINBURGH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY CRAWFORD LIBRARY / ROYAL OBSERVATORY, EDINBURGH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Comet, 1618. Historical engraving of a comet streaking across the sky over Augsburg in November 1618. The city with its important listed buildings is seen behind a moat and high protective walls. From a distance a group of soldiers and "honourable people" observe the path of the comet. In the year 1618, three new comets were discovered. At the time many people regarded comets as bad omens and portents of pestilence. A comet appeared just before the advent of the Great Plague in 1665.

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