From the September 2013 issue

Comets in the news — old news

Find out what late 19th- and early 20th-century newspaper reporters had to say about comets.
By | Published: September 23, 2013 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
In Gary Kronk’s story “Comets: From superstition to science,” you read about comets past and about the fictions and misinformation that surrounded these formerly mysterious celestial bodies. But having a retrospective perspective is one thing, and hearing historical explanations straight from historical mouths is another. Here are nine stories about comets that ran in newspapers between 1874 and 1910.