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Nature volume 114, page 62 (12 July 1924) | Download Citation

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ENCKE'S COMET.—This is the best known of all the short-period comets, and has been observed at every return for the last century. L. Matkiewicz has taken charge of the computations regarding it that were carried on for a long period by the late Prof. Backlund. He notes that a marked change in the mean motion took place in 1918, similar to that in 1904. Since observations in 1921 were confined to a fortnight, it is very desirable to observe the comet over a long arc at the present return. Its detection in July is possible, and it should certainly be found before the end of August.

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