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Caroline Herschel comet discovery, 1789

Caroline Herschel comet discovery, 1789

C024/9080

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Caroline Herschel comet discovery. Notes by German-British astronomer Caroline Herschel (1750-1848) on her observations of 8 and 14 January 1789 of the comet now known as Comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet, discovered by her on 21 December 1788 (see C024/9079). It had faded from view by 5 February. 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.

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