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  • The Creation Of Halley's Comet Is Shrouded In Mystery on Random A Long, Strange History of Halley Comet

    (#9) The Creation Of Halley's Comet Is Shrouded In Mystery

    According to Susan Wyckoff, a physicist who took part in research of the comet at Arizona State University in Tempe, Halley's Comet is completely unlike anything else in the solar system. It's not just that the comet has an unusual route, but it also has an odd ratio of carbon-12 and carbon-13 isotopes

    No one knows exactly why the comet has such a strange makeup, but one theory is that before the comet broke off from its original body (a nebular disc that surrounded the Sun within 10 million years of the its creation), it was "splattered" by a supernova. After breaking away from the disc, Halley's Comet began its lengthy trip through the solar system. 

  • No One Knows What The Future Holds For Comet on Random A Long, Strange History of Halley Comet

    (#13) No One Knows What The Future Holds For Comet

    The more we grow used to the idea Halley's Comet is always going to be there, flying by every 76 years or so to say hello, the more apparent it is that nothing lasts forever. Even a "dirty snowball" like Halley's Comet has to fall apart at some point. While we know that the comet is going to disappear some day, we don't know when

    It's likely that in 3,000 years - once the comet comes under the influence of Jupiter's gravity - the already strange orbit of the comet is going to change even more. Scientists believe it could be around for any time between 10,000 and 10 million years, and while they don't have a specific end date for the comet in their calculations, they expect it to fully melt at some point. 

  • An Amateur Astronomer Believed The Comet Would Set Earth On Fire on Random A Long, Strange History of Halley Comet

    (#2) An Amateur Astronomer Believed The Comet Would Set Earth On Fire

    1910 was a frightening year for amateur astronomers. With the coming of Halley's Comet, people began to fear for the worst and a bunch of wild theories cropped up about what could happen when the comet came around. One amateur astronomer, Sze zuk Chang Chin-liang, wrote a letter to the Engineer-in-Chief of the General Post Office in Greenwich to tell him the Earth was probably going to be burned to a crisp when the comet passed through the solar system again.

    He believed the comet was transparent, convex, and had two distinct poles. He thought once the comet got between the Earth and the Sun, it would magnify the Sun's rays and cook the inhabitants of the planet. His letter arrived from Shanghai two years after Halley's Comet passed the Earth, and we remained unburnt. 

  • Mark Twain's Life Eerily Mirrored The Comet's Orbit on Random A Long, Strange History of Halley Comet

    (#6) Mark Twain's Life Eerily Mirrored The Comet's Orbit

    Mark Twain was an anomaly. Not just because his writing was able to beautifully encapsulate every day life, or because he somehow always had a perfectly tailored white linen suit. He was also one of the few people whose life lined up nearly exactly with Halley's Comet. 

    He was born two weeks after the comet appeared in 1835, and he passed when it returned in 1910. Of his relation to the comet, he said

    "I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."

    He died one day after the comet soared through the sky. 

  • Some People Believe Halley's Comet Was The Star Of Bethlehem on Random A Long, Strange History of Halley Comet

    (#3) Some People Believe Halley's Comet Was The Star Of Bethlehem

    The problem with being the most famous comet in the solar system is that everyone projects their personal beliefs onto you. It's been speculated that Halley's Comet was the "star" the three wise men followed in order to find Jesus, but it doesn't really fit the timeline. 

    It's likely Jesus was born during sometime between 6 and 4 BCE, which doesn't work with the comet's timeline, as it appeared in both 164 BCE and 87 BCE. This doesn't mean the wise men didn't see a comet - it just wasn't Halley's Comet

  • Ancient Civilizations Believed The Comet Predicted Calamities on Random A Long, Strange History of Halley Comet

    (#10) Ancient Civilizations Believed The Comet Predicted Calamities

    Halley's Comet wasn't always a thing of wonder. Prior to humanity's scientific knowledge of celestial bodies, many people believed the comet was a sign of terrible things to come. People believed it predicted everything from war, famines, and even the end of days. 

    In 66 CE, first-century Romano-Jewish scholar Flavius Josephus believed the "star resembling a sword” meant the coming destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. Hundreds of years later, Holy Roman Emperor Louis the Pious thought the comet was an omen signaling his eventual demise. Even though we now know Halley's has no affect on our day to day lives, there are still people who still believe the comet is a sign of the end times. 

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The Halley’s Comet has an orbital period of 76 to 79 years, and the next time it crosses perihelion is July 28, 2061. The Halley’s Comet is The Halley’s Comet has an orbital period of 76 to 79 years, and its next pass through perihelion will be on July 28, 2061. The Halley’s Comet was the first periodic comet to be recorded, and its appearance was well documented in China, ancient Babylon, and medieval Europe until 240 BC or 466 BC, but they didn’t know it was the same comet.

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