Punch,  10 (1846), 146.

The Glut of Comets



News-Commentary, Drollery



    Suggests that the public should be cautious about the plethora of intelligence regarding new comets, since it is easy to convince them that a 'flash of lightning' or an 'eccentric piece of luminous matter', especially when wrapped in 'descriptive jargon', is a comet. Advises that alleged comets be examined by 'a committee of qualified astronomers', in order to avoid such cases as a light in the Vauxhall Gardens being mistaken for a new star.

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