Story: Astronomy – overview

Comet photographed by John Grigg (1st of 2)

Comet photographed by John Grigg

John Grigg (1838–1920) was a keen amateur astronomer based in Thames, Coromandel. He discovered or co-discovered three comets in the first decade of the 20th century. He was a pioneer of astrophotography, and took these photographs of a comet in May 1901.

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Astronomy – overview - The first astronomers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 August 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006