decade: 1870

David Gill, Comet 1882 II, 13 November 1882.

Comet 1882 II was even brighter than Comet 1881 Tebbutt III, so much so that its first sighting was then it was visible to the naked eye. Her Majesty’s Astronomer at the Cape, David Gill, reported watching the comet rise a few minutes before the Sun on the 18th of September, 1882q “The nucleus was then undoubtedly single, and certainly rether under than over 4″ in diameterq in fact, as I have described it, it resembledd very much a star of the 1st magnitude seen by daylight”. It was David Gill who took photographs of this comet during October and November, which were the best taken to date of any comet.