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The Appearances of Halley's Comet

Perihelion Date 

Date Nearest to Earth 

AU 

First Recorded

25 May 240 BC

3 June 240 BC

0.45

China, between 25 May and 23 June

12 November 164 BC 

28 November 164 BC

0.11

Reference found in 1984 on Babylonian tablets owned by the British Museum

6 August 87 BC

27 July 87 BC

0.44

The Babylonians, from 14 July

10 October 12 BC

9 September 12 BC

0.16

China, 26 August

25 January AD 66

20 March AD 66

0.26

China, 26 January

22 March 141

21 April 141

0.17

China, 27 March

17 May 218

30 May 218

0.42

China, between 14 April and 12 May

20 April 295

11 May 295

0.32

China, 30 April

16 February 374

1 April 374

0.09 

China, 3 March

28 June 451

30 June 451

0.49

China, 10 June

27 September 530

2 September 530

0.28

China, 28 August

15 March 607

19 April 607

0.09

China, 28 February (more likely late March)

2 October 684

6 September 684

0.26

China, 6 September

20 May 760

2 June 760

0.41

China, 16 May

28 February, 837

10 April 837

0.03

China, 22 March

18 July 912

15 July 912

0.49

Japan, 19 July

5 September 989

20 August 989

0.39

Switzerland, 10 August

20 March 1066

23 April 1066

0.10

China, 2 April

18 April 1145

12 May 1145

0.27

Europe (by A. Pingre), 15 April

28 September 1222

5 September 1222

0.31

Korea, 2 September

25 October 1301

23 September 1301

0.18

Japan, 15 September

10 November 1378

3 October 1378

0.12

China, 26 September

9 June 1456

18 June 1456

0.45

China, 27 May

26 August 1531

14 August 1531

0.44

China, 5 August

27 October 1607

29 October 1607

0.25

Various countries. China, from 21 September

15 September 1682

31 August 1682

0.42

Maryland (USA), 24 August

13 March 1759

26 April 1759

0.12

J.G. Palitzsch, Germany, 28 December 1758

16 November 1835

12 October 1835

0.19

E. Dumouchel, Rome, 5 August 1835

20 April 1910

20 May 1910

0.15

Helwan, Egypt (images appearing on photographic plates), 24 August 1909

9 February 1986

11 April 1986

0.42

D.C. Jewitt & Danielson, Palomar Mountain, 16 October 1982


Notes

1. 1 AU = 149,597,870.691 kilometres.
2. Marks the first deliberate recovery of a periodic comet.

Sources

Seargent, D. A. The Greatest Comets in History. New York: Springer, 2009.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




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