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Caroline Herschel comet discovery, 1790

Caroline Herschel comet discovery, 1790

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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 of 7, 10 and 15 January 1790, discovering her third comet, now known as Comet C/1790 A1 (Herschel). Cloudy weather hampered later observations. Caroline Herschel assisted her elder brother William, making her own observations between 1788 and 1797 from their residence at 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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