Comets and Meteors: A Rich Harvest from 1573 to 1607
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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.