Comet Biela

Comet Biela

[¦käm·ət ′byel·ə]
(astronomy)
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Such a sight had not occurred since the mid-19th century when Periodic Comet Biela underwent its famous schism.
The comet was indeed found, prompting Slonimski to declare: "This was the first time that the telegraph demonstrated its great potential by allowing astronomers to chase an invisible comet until it could be seen through their telescopes." Unfortunately, it was later determined that this was not Comet Biela.