Cometography: Volume 1, Ancient-1799: A Catalog of Comets
Cometography is the most complete and comprehensive collection of data on comets available. It comes in four self-contained sequential volumes and this, the first, covers ancient times through to the end of the eighteenth century. Cometography uses the most reliable orbits known to determine all the key parameters of each well observed comet. Cometography also provides nontechnical details to help the reader understand how the comet may have influenced various cultures at the time of its appearance. All the information in Cometography has been sourced directly from the original documents, including European monastic histories, Roman, Greek and Muslim texts, Chinese, Japanese and Korean scripts. In many cases, dates of important historical events can be corrected based on the appearance of a comet and identified using this book. Cometography will be valuable to historians of science as well as providing amateur and professional astronomers with a definitive reference on comets through the ages.
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1.0 ABSOLUTE MAGNITUDE A. G. Pingre April August bright broom star Calculated path Cassini Ch'ing shih Charles Messier Chin shu 635 Chinese text Chronicle Chronicon coma Coma Berenices comet appeared comet reached comet was seen computed date and location December February focal length FULL MOON G. F. Chambers Hasegawa Ho Peng Yoke Hou Han shu hsien t'ung k'ao indicates the comet IP/Halley J. R. Hind January July June Korean text Koryo-sa last detected Last seen location indicate March maximum solar Mechain Messier Ming shih 1739 minimum solar elongation month morning sky naked eye Nihon Temmon Shiryo northerly declination November nucleus object observed the comet October parabolic orbit Peng Yoke 1962 Peng-Yoke perihelion date refractor reported S. K. Vsekhsvyatskij 1964 Samguk Sagi Samguk Sagi 1145 saw the comet says a broom September shih kao SOURCES sparkling star Sung shu 489 telescope Temmon Shiryo 1935 text Annales Tian-Se Werner Landgraf Williams