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An Imperfect Account of a Comet


An audio-visual installation by Lynda Laird celebrating the celestial discoveries of the 18th century astronomer Caroline Herschel.

The work is presented as 560 photographic glass plates of stars that Herschel noticed were missing from the British Star Catalogue and serves to bring these 'omitted' stars to light. As such, they represent the many women whose ground-breaking knowledge and wisdom has been overlooked, undervalued, and ignored throughout history.

During her lifetime, Herschel also discovered 8 comets and 14 nebulae, which are acknowledged in an accompanying sound composition, 8 Comets by Annie Needham and Phil Tomsett. This musical and spoken word piece is structured according to the precise charted orbits of the comets and is interspersed with words from Herschel’s private journals and observational writings.

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Jodrell Bank Observatory

Fri 27 Jan 2023 - Sun 16 Apr 2023


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