The Great Comet of 1843,as seen at the Cape of Good Hope in the Evening of March 3rd.
Lithograph, sheet 270 x 190mm. 10˝ x 7˝".
The Great Comet of 1843 was a comet which became very bright in March 1843 (it is also known as the Great March Comet of 1843). It was discovered on February 5, 1843 and rapidly brightened to become a great comet. It was a member of the Kreutz Sungrazers, a family of comets resulting from the breakup of a parent comet into multiple fragments in about 1106. These comets pass extremely close to the surface of the Sun—within a few solar radii—and often become very bright as a result. It was last observed on April 19, 1843. At that time this comet had passed closer to the sun than any other known object.
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