Archive for Sunday, October 23, 2011

100 years ago: Comet appears in evening sky

October 23, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 23, 1911:

  • "Last evening the Journal-World office was called by many people asking what the bright light was in the northwestern sky.... A reporter called Prof. M. E. Rice, professor of astronomy at the University.... The Journal-World told a few evenings ago about Brooks' comet and the probabilities are that the strange light in the sky was from that comet."
  • "William Jennings Bryan, the most famous Democrat in the world, will speak in Lawrence November 1st in the interest of Joseph Taggart, candidates for Congress. The address will be held in Fraternal Aid Hall, but in order to let every one hear him who wishes, T. J. Sweeney who has the meeting in charge has arranged for an overflow meeting out doors."
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Sarah St. John 6 years, 7 months ago

From "The Bright-Comet Chronicles" --

COMET C/1911 O1 (BROOKS; O.S. 1911 V). A naked-eye object from late Aug. until late Nov.; T = 1911 November 2. Discovered telescopically in the morning sky in late July. Moved north and westward, becoming an evening object. In mid-September, visible as a fourth-magnitude circumpolar object. During the first half of October, viewed in the northwestern evening sky as an object of second magnitude with a narrow, straight tail up to 30 degrees long, head distinctly bluish in color. At mid-month, visible together with bright, naked-eye Comet C/1911 S3 (Beljawsky) low in the western sky! Passed north of the sun on October 14, and for a time was visible at both dusk and dawn. In early November, visible low in the eastern sky at morning twilight as a third-magnitude object. Dropped below naked-eye visibility by month's end.

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