Halley’s Comet in History
The Bayeaux Tapestry records the visit of Halley’s Comet in 1066 AD. This apparition was thought to be a good omen for William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings.
Amazing But True!
- Before Edmund Halley, people were terrorized by comets.
- Halley replaced superstition with a scientific understanding of comets.
- Halley’s Comet appears in texts that span more than 2,000 years.
Show What You Know
With the links below, learn more about Halley’s Comet in history. Then answer the following questions.
- HowStuffWorks, 100 Greatest Discoveries: Halley’s Comet: http://science.howstuffworks.com/29277-100-greatest-discoveries-halleys-comet-video.htm
- Io9, How Halley’s Comet sightings changed history over the past 2500 years, http://io9.com/5637815/how-halleys-comet-sightings-changed-history-over-the-past-2500-years
- Why were so many people during the Middle Ages and earlier terrorized by Halley’s Comet?
- What was Edmund Halley’s hypothesis?
- How did Halley develop his hypothesis?
- How did Halley propose that his hypothesis be tested?
- How do historians of science determine if there is a record of Halley’s Comet in ancient texts?
- When will the comet visit next? How old will you be then? How will that visit compare with the 1986 visit?