Donati's Comet, 10 October 1858 James W Watts

Donati's Comet, 10 October 1858 by James W Watts

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Donati's Comet, 10 October 1858

Astronomical study of the head of Donati's Comet observed through the 15-inch refracting telescope at the observatory of Harvard College. Donati's Comet was one of the brightest to be seen in the 19th century and was the first to be photographed (by G.P.Bond and others). It was discovered by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Donati (1826-1873). Plate 2 from the monograph An account of Donati's Comet of 1858, by George P. Bond (Cambridge, Mass., John Bartlett, 1858). " Inscribed: "PLATE II. Drawn by H.G.Fette. Engraved by J.W. Watts. Comet of Donati Oct. 10th 1858."

Original: mezzotint. 1858

  • Image reference: RS-10099

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