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Halley's Comet Observed by Ancient Greeks

Posted: September 11th, 2010, 2:01 pm
by btoman
Here is an interesting news item about Halley's Comet. According to the article, if the new findings are confirmed, it will push back the earliest known sighting by 226 years!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11255168

Enjoy!

Re: Halley's Comet Observed by Ancient Greeks

Posted: March 14th, 2011, 9:33 pm
by Christopher K.
That would be exciting news. Gary Kronk at this time still lists the earliest proven sighting at 240 BC, as recounted in the Chinese Shih chi.

Daniel Graham and Erik Hintz of BYU contributed the Journal of Cosmology article back in July. It's interesting to note that before maybe Hale-Bopp (or McNaught in the southern hemisphere), Comet Halley was perhaps the only comet many not in the hobby could name.

More information at:
http://www.cometography.com/pcomets/001p.html
http://journalofcosmology.com/AncientAstronomy106.html

Re: Halley's Comet Observed by Ancient Greeks

Posted: August 20th, 2012, 11:39 pm
by Christopher K.
Well...among all the other wonderful astronomy topics, tasks and quandaries to ponder I've been continually intrigued by this possible revelation. I wanted to see follow-up research but I'm still finding only the original announcements.

More information:
http://news.byu.edu/archive10-sep-halleyscomet.aspx
http://www.space.com/9116-halley-comet- ... reeks.html
http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com ... ng_greeks/