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Caroline Herschel comet discovery, 1788

Caroline Herschel comet discovery, 1788

C024/9079

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ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caroline Herschel comet discovery. Notes by German-British astronomer Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) on her observations from 18-22 December 1788, discovering her second comet, now known as Comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet. Caroline Herschel assisted her elder brother William, making her own observations 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. For more of Caroline Herschel's notes on this comet, see C024/9080.

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