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Text #619

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle
[p. 89]


A. 995. In this year appeared ‘cometa,’ the star, and archbishop Sigic died […]

Text #6170

Kronk. Cometography: A Catalog of Comets. Series: Cometography. Vol. 1
[p. 165]

1P/989 N1 (Halley): […] The Canterbury edition of the English text Anglo-Saxon Chronicle (1154) says, “Here the star comet, that is the ‘haired’, appeared; and Archbishop Sigeric passed away.” The Peterborough edition says, “Here in this year the star comet appeared; and Archbishop Sigeric passed away.” Additional details were given by the Chronicon ex Chronica (1118). The details of this comet are similar to those reported for Halley’s comet in 989. Even more interesting is the fact that none of these texts record the appearance of a comet in 989. Robert R. Newton (1972) has said, “A large block of annals starting about 975 is uniformly dated 6 years too late for some reason.” Therefore, based on Newton’s comment, it seems likely the comet of 995 is actually the appearance of Halley’s Comet in 989.

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