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Halley's comet, September and October 1835.

Halley's comet, September and October 1835.
3 0 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 22cm


Illustrations of the comet as seen from the Tartu observatory in Estonia, on 29 September and 3 October 1835. The famous comet of 76-year periodicity, observed in 1583 and posibly earlier, is named after Astronomer Royal Edmond Halley (1656-1742) who correctly predicted its return in 1758, 1835 and 1910. Plate from 'Beobachtungen des Halleyschen Cometen' ('Observations on Halley's Comet'), by F G W Struve (1793-1864), published in St Petersburg in 1839.

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