The Wonder that is the Halley’s Comet

While astronomy remains an area of study best left to lovers of astronomy and professional astronomers, every so often, a phenomenal and fascinating astrological event such as the appearance of the Halley’s Comet, manages to unite novices and experts alike in a sense of wonder and amazement. Discovered by Edmond Halley, the infamous comet is observable from earth every 75 years. Unlike most other comets that appear after long periods, some only becoming visible after hundreds or thousands of years, the Halley’s Comet is categorized as a periodical comet, which means its orbit occurs after less than 200 years. As such, those lucky to be alive in 2062 will get the opportunity to observe the once in a lifetime sighting of the astrological phenomenon. Sightings of the comet can be traced back to ancient times, where astronomers and spiritual leaders often associated its appearance in the earth’s vicinity with dreadful and sometimes a few positive omens. Fortunately, contemporary research and general knowledge have effectively tracked the predictable nature of the comet, proving that that the comet does not have adverse effects on the atmosphere, or any negative consequences on the health or spirituality of human beings. Essentially, the comet appears as a bright shining light; however, its surface is quite dark, consisting of accumulated particles and carbon matter. Light from the sun reflects off it, giving it the glow that holds people in awe. In the late 80s, anticipation for the comet’s sighting inspired an influx of branded comet merchandise on various goods such as stamps, school bags, t-shirts and books. Today, while many contemplate on whether they will still be alive to witness the rare occurrence, astronomical research continues in order to determine whether Halley’s Comet will continue to make its regular appearance in the future years. Until 2062, human beings continue to wait eagerly.