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Comet - Historical Events
Date Event
240

1st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.

BC
AD
66-01-26

5th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

141-03-20

6th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

218-05-17

7th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

295-04-20

8th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

374-02-16

9th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

374-04-01

Comet 1P/374 E1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0884 AUs of Earth

451-06-24

10th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

607-03-13

12th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

607-04-19

Comet 1P/607 H1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0898 AUs of Earth

760-05-22

14th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

837-02-27

15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

837-04-10

Comet 1P/837 F1 (Halley) approaches within 0.0334 AUs of Earth

837-04-13

Best view of Halley's Comet in 2000 years

1066-03-23

18th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

1066-04-24

Halley's Comet sparks English monk to predict country will be destroyed

1145-04-22

19th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

1264-10-03

Comet said to predict death of Pope Urban IV is last seen

1366-10-26

Comet 55P/1366 U1 (Tempel-Tuttle) approaches 0.0229 AUs of Earth

1456-06-09

23rd recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

1680-11-14

Gottfried Kirch discovers the Great Comet of 1680 (Kirch's Comet/Newton's Comet)

1680-12-04

Hen in Rome lays an egg imprinted with comet not seen until Dec 16th

1682-09-04

English astronomer Edmund Halley observes the comet named after him

1702-04-20

Comet C/1702 H1 approaches within 0.0437 AUs of Earth

1743-02-08

Comet C/1743 C1 approaches within 0.0390 AUs of Earth

1758-12-25

Return of Halley's comet 1st sighted by Johann Georg Palitzsch

1759-03-13

27th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

1760-01-08

Comet C/1760 A1 (Great comet) approaches within 0.0682 AUs of Earth

1781-03-13

Sir William Herschel sees "comet" (really discovered Uranus)

1785-08-01

Caroline Herschel becomes 1st woman discoverer of a comet

1797-08-16

Comet C/1797 P1 (Bouvard-Herschel) approaches 0.0879 AUs of Earth

1801-07-11

French astronomer Jean-Louis Pons discovers his 1st comet

1805-12-09

Comet 3D/1805 V1 (Biela) approaches within 0.0366 AUs of Earth

1819-07-04

William Herschel makes last telescopic observation of 1819 comet

1826-02-28

M Biela, an Austrian officer, discovers Biela's Comet

1847-07-20

German astronomer Theodor discovers Comet Brorsen-Metcalf

1847-10-01

Maria Mitchell discovers a non-naked-eye comet

1853-04-29

Comet C/1853 G1 (Schweizer) approaches within 0.0839 AUs of Earth

1858-06-02

Donati Comet 1st seen named after its discoverer

1858-09-28

Donati's comet becomes 1st to be photographed

1861-05-13

The Great Comet of 1861 is discovered by John Tebbutt of Windsor, New South Wales, Australia.

1861-06-28

Leipzig Observatory discovers short-period (6.2 yrs) Comet d'Arrest

1864-08-05

Spectrum of a comet observed for 1st time, by Giovanni Donati

1864-08-08

Comet C/1864 N1 (Tempel) approaches within 0.0964 AUs of Earth

1900-12-20

Giacobini discovers a comet (will be 1st comet visited by spacecraft)

1908-06-30

Tunguska Event: a giant fireball most likely caused by the air burst of a large meteoroid or comet impacts in Siberia

1909-09-11

Max Wolf rediscovers Halley's comet

1910-04-19

Halley's comet seen by naked eye 1st time this trip (Curacao)

1910-04-20

Halley's Comet passes 29th recorded perihelion at 87.9 million km

1910-05-10

Halley's Comet closest approach to Earth in 1910 pass

1910-05-19

Passage of Earth through tail of Halley's Comet causes near-panic

1927-06-26

Comet 7P/Pons-Winnecke approaches within 0.0394 AUs of Earth

1930-05-31

Comet 73P/1930 (Schwassmann-Wachmann 3) approaches 0.0617 AUs of Earth

1949-07-27

1st jet-propelled airline (De Havilland Comet) flies

1952-05-02

1st scheduled jet airliner passenger service began with a BOAC Comet

1953-03-03

Canadian Comet crashes at Karachi, 11 killed

1961-11-15

Comet C/1961 T1 (Seki) approaches within 0.1019 AUs of Earth

1965-10-21

Comet Ikeya-Seki approaches perihelion, passing 450,000 kilometers from the sun.

1970-07-04

Chartered Dan-Air Comet crashes into mountains north of Barcelona, Spain killing 112 vacationing Britons

1973-03-07

Comet (Lubos) Kohoutek discovered at Hamburg Observatory

1973-12-28

Comet Kohoutek at perihelion

1973-12-30

1st picture of a comet from space (Comet Kohoutek-Skylab)

1979-08-30

1st recorded occurrence of a comet hitting the sun (energy=1 million hydrogen bombs)

1979-08-31

Comet Howard-Koomur-Michels collides with Sun

1982-10-16

Mt Palomar Observatory 1st to detect Halley's comet on 13th return

1983-05-11

Comet C/1983 H1 (IRAS-Araki-Alcock) approaches 0.0312 AUs of Earth

1983-06-12

Comet C/1983 (Sugano-Saigusa-Fujikawa) approaches 0.0628 AUs of Earth

1984-11-13

David Levy finds his first comet

1984-12-15

USSR launches Vega 1 for rendezvous with Halley's Comet

1985-01-07

Japanese space probe Sakigake launched to Halley's comet

1985-01-08

Japan launches Sakigake space probe to Halley's Comet

1985-06-15

En route to Halley's Comet, USSR's Vega 2 drops lander on Venus

1985-07-02

European Space Agency launches Giotto (Halley's Comet Flyby)

1985-08-08

Japan launches Planet A, a probe to Halley's comet

1985-08-18

Suisei Launch (Halley's Comet Flyby)

1985-08-19

Japan launches its 2nd probe of Halley's Comet, Suisei

1986-02-09

Halley's Comet reaches 30th perihelion (closest approach to Sun)

1986-03-06

USSR's Vega 1 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,889 km

1986-03-08

Japanese probe Suisei passes Halley's Comet at 109,800 km

1986-03-09

Soviet probe Vega 2 flies by Halley's Comet at 8,030 km

1986-03-11

Japanese probe Sakigake flies by Halley's Comet at 6.8 million km

1986-03-14

European Space Agency's Giotto flies by Halley's Comet (605 km)

1986-04-11

Halley's Comet makes closest approach to Earth this trip, 63 M km

1989-01-04

Comet Tempel 1 at perihelion

1989-02-01

Comet Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 at perihelion

1989-03-01

Comet du Toit at perihelion

1989-06-18

Comet Churyunov-Gerasimenko at perihelion

1992-07-10

Spaceship Giotto (Halley 1986) approaches comet Grigg-Skjellerup

1992-08-30

David Lewett & Jane Luu discovers comet: "1992 QB1" 64 mil km from Sun

1992-09-26

Tsuruhiko Kiuchi discovers comet Swift-Tuttle

1993-01-06

Jean Mueller discovers comet Mueller/1993a

1994-05-29

Great iceball comet seen above North Sea

1994-07-16

1st parts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy hits Jupiter (until July 22nd)

1994-07-16

Comet Shoemaker-Levy collides with Jupiter

1994-07-18

Comet Shoemaker-Levy collides with Jupiter

1994-07-20

Major parts of Comet Shoemaker-Levy hit Jupiter (July 16th-22nd)

1994-07-22

23rd & last part of Comet Shoemaker-Levy hit Jupiter (since July 16th)

1995-07-23

Comet Hale-Bopp is discovered and becomes visible to the naked eye nearly a year later.

1996-03-25

Comet C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake) approaches within 0.1018 AUs of Earth

1997-01-10

1st Comet of 1997 Discovered: Comet 1997 A1

1997-01-20

Comet Hale-Bopp crosses Mars' orbit

1997-02-10

Comet Shoemaker-Holt 2 Closest Approach to Earth (1.9245 AU)

1997-03-04

Comet Hale-Bopp directly above the Sun (1.04 AU)

1997-03-22

Comet Hale-Bopp Closest Approach to Earth (1.315 AU)

1997-04-01

Comet Hale-Bopp Perihelion (0.914 AU)

1998-10-24

Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission

2001-09-21

Deep Space 1 flies within 2,200 km of Comet Borrelly.

2003-02-18

Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) makes perihelion, seen by SOHO.

2004-01-02

Stardust successfully flies past Comet Wild 2, collecting samples that it will return to Earth two years later.

2005-07-04

The Deep Impact collider hits the comet Tempel 1.

2007-01-12

Comet McNaught reaches perihelion becoming the brightest comet in more than 40 years.

2061-07-28

31st recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

2126-08-14

Comet Swift-Tuttle approaches close to Earth

2134-03-27

32nd recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet

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Comet - Birthdays
Date Event
1656-10-29

Edmund Halley, astronomer (Halley's Comet) [NS=Nov 8]

1656-11-08

Edmund Halley, English astronomer (comet of Halley) [OS=Oct 29]

1723-06-11

J G Palitzsch, 1st saw Halley's comet on return, Prolitz

1791-09-23

Johann F Encke, German astronomer (Encke Comet)

1878-01-29

Barney Oldfield, Blonde Comet

1912-03-17

Phil Kellogg, Year of the Comet

1913-04-21

Wilson Camp, Night of the Comet

1914-08-09

Tove Jansson, Moomins and the Comet Chase

1916-03-04

Red Knight, Blonde Comet

1920-05-20

Virginia Vale, Blonde Comet

1931-12-03

Nigel Calder, The Comet Is Coming!

1936-05-24

Victoria Elizabeth Scott, Comet Over Broadway

1945-11-12

Emil Horváth, On a Comet

1948-10-06

Rabbe Smedlund, Comet in Moominland

1948-10-27

Byron Allred, Night of the Comet

1949-01-13

Thom Pace, Night of the Comet

1951-04-27

Ace Frehley, Bronx NY, heavy metal rocker (Kiss-Beth, Frehley's Comet)

1952-12-21

Devon Ericson, Night of the Comet

1953-11-19

Robert Beltran, Night of the Comet

1954-01-02

Jyrki Kovaleff, Comet in Moominland

1955-11-19

Ulla Tapaninen, Comet in Moominland

1957-12-12

Ivan E. Roth, Night of the Comet

1966-11-29

Kimberly Bowman, Sozin's Comet: Part 4 - Avatar Aang

1970-01-29

Janice Kawaye, Night of the Comet

1971-01-10

Eric Mangini, The Blue Comet

1979-10-04

Amy K. Wu, Sozin's Comet: Part 4 - Avatar Aang

1981-10-14

Gabriel Priore, Futureshock: Comet

1981-11-09

Louie Vergara, Futureshock: Comet

1983-01-17

Dixie Comet, Call Her Back in a Few Minutes. But I Don't Think She'll Be Able to Answer the Phone!

1988-04-24

Jeff Katz, Sarah Live! at Comet Ping Pong Tonight

1997-08-12

Kayla Servi, Comet

Comet - Deaths
Date Event
1817-04-12

Charles Messier, "comet ferret" & catalogs famous "M objects,", dies

1865-08-26

Johann F Encke, German astronomer (Comet Encke), dies at 73

1946-10-04

Barney Oldfield, Blonde Comet

1959-02-08

William Donovan, The Riding Comet

1988-03-17

Wilson Camp, Night of the Comet

1989-01-19

Red Knight, Blonde Comet

1997-07-18

Eugene Shoemaker, astronomer (Shoemaker-Levy comet), dies at 69

2001-06-27

Tove Jansson, Moomins and the Comet Chase

2006-09-14

Virginia Vale, Blonde Comet

2009-11-03

Jyrki Kovaleff, Comet in Moominland

2012-02-05

Phil Kellogg, Year of the Comet

2014-06-25

Nigel Calder, The Comet Is Coming!


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