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Great Comet of 1680 over Nuremburg. Print from a contemporary broadsheet depicting a comet appearing over Nuremberg in December 1680. This was one of the brightest comets of the 17th century, and had a spectacularly long tail. It reached peak brightness on 29 December 1680. It is also known as Kirch's Comet, after the German astronomer Gottfried Kirch (1639- 1710), who discovered it on 14 November 1680. The comet was also used by the English astronomer and physicist Isaac Newton to test and verify Kepler's laws of planetary motion. Modern astronomers designate the comet as C/1680 V1.
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