Comet of 1742 Thomas Wright
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Comet of 1742
Diagram showing the geocentric motion of a comet [now designated C/1742/C1] using observations made 24 February-7 March 1742. According to the author, the trajectory was drawn "after ye method lade down by Sr. Isaac Newton in the third book of the Principia..." The figure is not headed , simply designated "Fig.2", with a key, including "P Point of the perigaeum" [perigee]. Figure appended to a letter, Thomas Wright, St. James's, 7 April 1742, to the Honourable Mr. Yorke. Signed lower right "Thos. Wright". Thomas Wright was proposed as a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1735, but was not elected.
Original: ink on paper. 1742
- Image reference: RS-10404
- The Royal Society
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