August 1st 1786 Caroline Herschel discovers her first comet.
Caroline Herschel (1750- 1848) the sister of the astronomer William Herschel who discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. She is often portrayed as William Herschel s assistant but she was a great astronomer in her own right.
On the night of August 1st 1786 at 9.50 p m she discovered her first comet while observing from Slough in England. Between 1786 and 1797 she would discover 8 comets a number not passed by a woman astronomer until Carolyn Shoemaker passed this number in the 1980s. Shoemaker has discovered over 30 comets.
Carolyn Herschel made many other astronomical discoveries including a companion galaxy to the Andromeda Galaxy.