This possibility seemed to be realized by Chandler's identification of Brooks's and Lexell's comet.
Its form and extent might be greatly changed after the manner of Lexell's comet.
The adventures of Lexell's comet have long served to exemplify the effects of Jupiter's despotic sway over such bodies.
A famous example of this kind of planetary horse-play is furnished by the story of Lexell's missing comet.
Lexell was the first to suspect that this was a new planet eighteen times as far from the sun as the earth is.