C/1702 H1

C/1702 H1 (also known as "the comet of 1702") is a comet discovered by Francesco Bianchini and Giacomo Filippo Maraldi (Rome, Italy) on April 20, 1702.

C/1702 H1
Discovered byFrancesco Bianchini & Giacomo Filippo Maraldi
Discovery dateApril 20, 1702
C/1702 H1
"Comet of 1702"

1702 apparitionEdit

Bianchini and Maraldi discovered the comet on April 20, 1702. The comet was a short distance above the horizon and was said to resemble a "nebulous star".

An independent discovery was made by Maria Margarethe Kirch (Berlin, Germany) about two hours later and by Philippe de La Hire (Paris, France) on April 24.

The last observation of the comet was made by Bianchini and Maraldi on May 5, 1702.


Very similar parabolic orbits were computed for C/1702 H1 by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille (1761) and Johann Karl Burckhardt (1807).

Closest approaches to EarthEdit

  • 1702-04-20: 0.0435 AU from Earth


  • Gary W., Kronk; Brian G Marsden (1999). Cometography: A Catalogue of Comets. Cambridge University Press. p. 388. ISBN 0-521-58504-X.