Halley’s Comet

Halley’s Comet is an interesting one to learn about.

Halley’s Comet (or Comet Halley as it is also known) is the most well known comet.

  • It is known as a periodic comet (or short term comet) because the time it takes to orbit the Sun is less than 200 years.
  • Records of humans observing Halley’s Comet go back thousands of years, with appearances noted by Babylonian, Chinese and European star gazers.
  • It can be seen with the naked eye from Earth every 75 to 76 years (although the time period has between 74 and 79 years in the past). Click here to learn more.

Nancy

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