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2006-Jul-17, 04:29 AM
Reading "The News Back Then" in our local paper, there was an article, dated July 9, 1881, about the strange weather they were having and at the end it said "Guess the comet is responsible". In searching I did find a comet listed as C/1881 K1, but no other info. Anyone know anything about this comet?

2006-Jul-17, 04:37 AM
Smithsonian/NASA ADS Astronomy Abstract Service: C/1881 K1: A Forgotten "Great Comet'' of the Nineteenth Century (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/1999IrAJ...26...33O)

The Great Comet of 1881 (C/1881 K1) was discovered by the Australian amateur astronomer, John Tebbutt, and was destined to make a major contribution to cometary astronomy. Because it appeared at a critical time in the development of astrophysics, this comet was able to play a key role in both astronomical photography and astronomical spectroscopy. In addition, observations of its head and tail added to our understanding of cometary structure and dynamics. Despite this, Comet C/1881 K1 has received scant recognition in the general astronomical literature on comets.

Read the 33-page PDF document for details. (But, May through June was the timeframe from a quick scan.)

I find lots of other Google hits with "great comet 1881".