The history of Halley's Comet

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doi: 10.1098/rsta.1987.0091
Authors:Hughes, D. W.; Fowler, P. H.; Lovell, Bernard; Lynden-Bell, D.; Message, P. J.; Wilkinson, J. E.
Volume Title:Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Source:Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, A323(1572), p.349-366. Publisher: Royal Society, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0080-4614
Publication Date:1987
Note:In English. Based on Publisher-supplied data
Summary:The history of Halley's Comet can be approached in three ways. First we can start with the origin of the comet and follow it through its sojourn in the Oort cloud, its transition from a long-period orbit into a relatively short-period orbit until we finally arrive at its present position as a typical middle-aged comet with a large associated meteoroid stream. Secondly we can retreat from 4500 m.y. of history to a mere 2000 yr and we can start our history with the first known record made of Halley's Comet by mankind. In our third approach we can wait until the comet actually received its name, a christening for which we must thank French mathematical astronomers, and then we can chart its highlights as the first periodic comet, the first predicted cometary return and more recently as the spur to considerable scientific endeavour and government spending. This paper reviews all three approaches. (Author's abstract) [A.W.H.]
Subjects:Comets; Halley's Comet; History; Interplanetary space; Meteorites; Research; Oort Cloud
Abstract Numbers:88M/5987
Record ID:2014068555
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom
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