William Herschel and Comets

@inproceedings{Sullivan2018WilliamHA,
  title={William Herschel and Comets},
  author={W. Sullivan},
  year={2018}
}
In this paper I examine the observational and theoretical researches of William Herschel on 21 comets that he observed over the period 1781–1812. His sister Caroline’s comet discoveries, especially during the period 1786–1797, are also reviewed. Herschel’s focus, unlike most contemporaries studying comets, was on their physical structure, not their orbits. His observing procedures and analysis led him to forge a strong connection between comets and his investigations of nebulae. His overall… Expand

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