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Diagram of the Comet of 1858 Discovered by Donati, June 2nd.

PAJ4028
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Object ID PAJ4028
Description In the 19th century there were a number of spectacular or anticipated comets visible to the naked eye that generated significant popular as well as specialist interest. This popular interest and the commercial opportunities it provided is illustrated by this diagram, which responded to the discovery of a new comet by Giovani Battista Donati on 2 June 1858. It made its nearest approach to Earth on 10 October 1858, just five days after this print was published. This diagram was based on observations by John Russell Hind (1823-1895), Superintendent of the Nautical Almanac Office, and Richard Farley, Chief Assistant at the NAO. The central dial can be moved round to calculate the position of the comet against the background of the principal constellations and text on the card gives instructions to the user.
Date made 1858

Artist/Maker Waller & Deacon
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials chromolithograph?
Measurements Sheet: 330 x 305 mm; Folder: 347 mm x 320 mm
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  • Diagram of the Comet of 1858 Discovered by Donati, June 2nd. (PAJ4028)
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