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The Great Comet of 1760 (C/1760 A1) approached within 0.0682 AU from Earth on the 8th January 1760.



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The Great Comet of 1760 (C/1760 A1) was first seen on 7 January 1760 by Abbe Chevalier at Lisbon. Charles Messier also spotted the comet on 8 January 1760 in Paris, by the sword of Orion. The comet was his third discovery and the comet was the 51st to have a calculated orbit. Messier observed the comet for a total of 6 days.
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This comet, according to the Annual Register for 1760, was discovered by Mr. Dunn at Chelsea on the first of January, 1760. "It appeared to the naked eye like Jupiter or Venus through a thick fog, and made a near appulse to the star in Orion's right knee, and moved more than four degrees of the heavens in four hours of time. 
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