Today is the anniversary of the most recent appearance of Halley’s Comet so we’re celebrating with a few fascinating facts from the Stikins name tags team:
- Halley’s Comet was the first comet to be recognised as a short-period comet (a comet that takes less than 200 years to complete one orbit around the sun).
- It’s the only short-period comet regularly visible to the naked eye and the only naked-eye comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime.
- Currently, its orbit takes 75.32 years to complete – meaning its next appearance is predicted to be on 28th July 2061 – and extends from a mere 55,773,484 miles away from the sun (between the orbits of Mercury and Venus) to a massive 3,253,453,254 miles from the sun (beyond the orbit of Neptune).
- The central nucleus of Halley’s Comet is shaped like a peanut, measures around 9 miles long by 5 miles wide, and is composed of ice, rock, and dust.
- Sightings of Halley’s Comet appear throughout recorded history (including an appearance on the Bayeux Tapestry) – the earliest is contained in a Chinese document (“Records Of The Grand Historian”) from 240BC.
- In 1705, Edmond (or Edmund) Halley published a study of 24 separate comet observations in which he calculated that three of these observations (from 1531, 1607, and 1682) were actually the same comet – which he predicted would return in 1758. It did – although it wasn’t actually spotted until 25th December – and was named in his honour the following year.
DID YOU KNOW: although Halley’s Comet can only be seen once every 76 years, you can see the after-effects of its journey every year in two meteor showers that occur in early May (the Eta Aquariids) and late October (the Orionids). The sun changes some of the comet’s ice into a gas, allowing rock particles to break away and become meteors as they reach the Earth’s atmosphere. While the Orionids are the result of rocks left behind after Halley’s most recent appearance, meteors in the Eta Aquariids broke away centuries ago.
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