Others may have long elliptical paths that will bring them back to us, but only after many thousands or millions of years have passed. Some comets, on the other hand, have had their orbits altered by the gravitational pull of the giant outer planets — Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
These "short-period comets'' — of which about are known — mostly stay within the region of the planets and can thus grace our skies much more regularly. Comet Halley is a fine example of a short-period comet, taking about 76 years to make one orbit around the Sun. At its most distant point aphelion , Halley is 5. The coma and tail of a comet, indicated on a photograph of Halley's Comet taken on May 8, Wilson Observatory photograph.
The British astronomer Edmond Halley was using Isaac Newton's ideas of gravitation to analyze the motion of bodies in the solar system. He noticed that the records for the bright comets of , , and showed that all three comets had very similar orbits. He drew the bold conclusion that all three were really the same comet, trapped by the gravitational pull of the outer planets, and predicted that the comet would retum in The comet was found again on Christmas night and was then named in the late astronomer's honor.
On October 16, , a team of astronomers led by David Jewett and G. Since the comet at that time was about fifty million times fainter than the faintest objects our eyes can see, they had to use not only the largest American telescope but also special electronic equipment which had been developed for the upcoming Space Telescope. When they found the comet, it was about 1. This recovery beats the previous record for finding Comet Halley by over two years!
The comet was almost exactly where astronomers predicted it would be and right on time for its closest pass to the Sun on February 9, Unfortunately, this will be one of the less favorable appearances of the comet and significantly less impressive than the one in How dramatic a comet appears to us on Earth depends on several factors: how bright it really is, how close it is to the Earth when it crosses our orbit, on which side of the Sun it makes its closest approach to our star, and how high above the horizon it is when we see it.
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The news on many of these fronts is not very promising. On its way in toward the Sun, Comet Halley will pass closest to the Earth on November 27, , at a distance of 93 million kilometers. On its outward journey, the comet will come within 48 million kilometers of us on April 11, In , however, the closest approach was within 24 million kilometers and we passed through one part of the comet's tail. Therefore, the comet will look a lot fainter this time around and some astronomers predict that in the bright skies of most cities it may well be invisible to the naked eye.
To make things a bit more complicated, the comet's orbit is tilted when compared to the orbits of the planets. This means that the comet will be better seen in the Northern Hemisphere as it approaches the Sun and in the Southern Hemisphere as it is leaving. Since it will be closer to the Earth in the spring of , Southern Hemisphere observers get a better show this time around. But the best views of the comet should come from spacecraft and orbiting observatories see below. The best way for the average person to observe the comet will be to use a good pair of binoculars in a location that is away from city lights and has a good view of the horizon since the comet will be low in the sky.
For much of January , the comet should be faintly visible low in the western sky for a short while after sunset. Then it will disappear behind the Sun and re-emerge from the Sun's glow in the morning sky after the first week of March. Since the comet will be favoring the Southern Hemisphere at this time, the farther south you are, the better your view will be.
During the second week in April the comet will be very low in the predawn sky and impossible for many of us in the U. It will become visible later in April in the evening sky and will be getting fainter and fainter as the month goes on. We will have much more detailed observing guides and suggestions in this newsletter as the comet comes closer. Astronomers believe that comets formed at the same time as our solar system, almost 5 billion years ago.
Here on Earth and on many of the other planets , geological processes, volcanoes, and weather long ago erased all traces of this remote epoch that gave us birth. Comets, on the other hand, spend most of their time in the "deep-freeze'' of the outer solar system. The material in the comet "iceberg'' is thus well preserved and could tell us a great deal about what things were like in that ancient time. Astronomers can also use comets as probes of the present conditions in the solar system.
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