Halley’s Comet by C2 xeim

Edmund Halley by George Asimakopoulos

Sir Edmond Halley

Sir Edmond Halley (1656 – 1742) was an English astronomer who is best known for his study of comets, and the discovery that certain comets observed many years apart appeared to travel along similar orbits. In particular, he noticed that the comets of 1531, 1607, and 1682 seemed similar and he hypothesized that they were in fact the same comet. He predicted that the comet would return in 1758; when it was observed as predicted, the comet was named Halley’s Comet in his honor.


A color image of comet Halley, shown flying to the left aligned flat against the sky


Halley’s Comet or Comet Halley , officially designated 1P/Halley, is a short-period comet visible from Earth every 75–76 years. Halley is the only known short-period comet that is clearly visible to the naked eye from Earth, and the only naked-eye comet that might appear twice in a human lifetime. Halley last appeared in the inner parts of the Solar System in 1986 and will next appear in mid-2061

Edmond Halley by Asimina Lakafosi C3 XEIM

 Halley was born in Haggerston, in east London. His father, Edmond Halley Sr., came from a Derbyshire family and was a wealthy soap-maker in London. As a child, Halley was very interested in mathematics. He studied at St Paul’s School, and from 1673 at The Queen’s College, Oxford. While an undergraduate, Halley published papers on the Solar System and sunspots.Halley married Mary Tooke in 1682 and settled in Islington. The couple had three children.

Edmond Halley by Konstadina Lakafosi C3 XEIM

Edmond Halley  was an English mathematician and astronomer (November 8, 1656 – January 14, 1742

In 1678 he published a list of 360 stars in the southern celestial hemisphere, the position of which he observed during his service in St. Helena, and the passing of Mercury before the disk of the Sun in 1677. Halley is the first who discoveres that stars do not remain constantly in their position and that each of them has its own movement, confirming those of Sirius and Arcturus.

Edmund Halley by Kostas Kaparidis C2Xeim

Edmond Halley in Gnosi by C3 XEIM