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31a. Detail of the Coma Region in Charles Messier, "Carte celeste," 1782

The path of the comet in the first week of April, 1779, is charted at lower left. There are a number of nebulae depicted in Coma, indicated by the letters a,b,c, etc. as well as several others identified by their year of discovery. There is also a cluster of eleven newly discovered nebulae at lower right, numbered 1 to 11. These are part of the famous Virgo cluster of nebulae, which would be charted in much more detail in Johann Bode, Uranographia, 1801.