C/1702 H1

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C/1702 H1
Discovery
Discovered by Francesco Bianchini & Giacomo Filippo Maraldi
Discovery date April 20, 1702
Alternative
designations
C/1702 H1
"Comet of 1702"

C/1702 H1 (also known as "the comet of 1702") is a comet discovered by Francesco Bianchini and Giacomo Filippo Maraldi (Rome, Italy) on April 20, 1702.

1702 apparition[edit]

Bianchini and Maraldi discovered the comet in the morning sky on April 20, 1702. The comet was a short distance above the horizon and was said to resemble a "nebulous star".

An independent discovery was made by Maria Margarethe Kirch (Berlin, Germany on April 21, 1702 and by Philippe de la Hire (Paris, France) on April 24.

The last observation of the comet was made by Bianchini and Maraldi on May 5, 1702.

Orbit[edit]

Very similar parabolic orbits were computed for C/1702 H1 by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (1761) and Johann Karl Burckhardt (1807).

Closest approaches to Earth[edit]

  • 1702-04-20: 0.0435 AU from Earth

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