Comets and Meteors: A Rich Harvest from 1573 to 1607

  • David H. Levy
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 419)


In this chapter we look at the parade of bright comets that brightened the English sky during Shakespeare’s lifetime. Some were very bright, like the Great Comet of 1577, and almost every one of Shakespeare’s many allusions to comets can be linked to a particular comet which happened to be visible at the time the play in which it appeared was written. We also examine meteors, the detritus of comets, references to which also appear frequently.


Sixteenth Century Periodic Comet Leonid Meteor Initial String North Polar Region 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • David H. Levy
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  1. 1.Jarnac Observatory, Inc.VailUSA

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