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Biela's Comet (3D/Biela)

Biela's comet drawing by Otto Struve
Drawing of Biela's Comet by Otto Wilhelm Struve (Pulkovo) on Sep 25, 1852, following its breakup. North is toward the top right
Biela's Comet (3D/Biela) was a periodic comet named after Baron Wilhelm Baron von Biela (1782–1856), an Austrian army officer and amateur astronomer, who observed it in 1826, though it had been seen first in 1772. Biela's Comet broke up on its 1846 return and subsequently gave rise to some spectacular showers of the Andromedids, also known as the Bielids.

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