Halley’s Comet was first ‘known about’ in 240 BC, and has been reported several times, possibly since 1059 BC. It’s one of the most universally known comet’s on Earth.
The most memorable time that the Halley’s comet was witnessed was during the Battle of Hastings in 1066 AD, and is said to have possibly been seen around 466 to 467 BC for around 80 days by the ancient Greeks after another meteorite struck the Earth.
Chinese astronomers would have been the first to report seeing the comet around 240 BC, and if this is true then the time that Halley’s Comet has been known to human beings will be pushed back by 226 years.
Halley’s Comet is named after the first scientist to supposedly ‘discover’ the comet; Edmund Halley, who calculated the orbit of the comet within the universe, and how long it takes for Halley’s Comet to be spotted by humans throughout the years.
The meteorite that did fall during the spotting of Halley’s Comet was said to have had a burnt color, and was seen falling during the daylight. It became a tourist attraction for many years (some say more then 500) and was the size of a small car, or a wagon.
Halley’s Comet has been something inspirational for many people. It has inspired romance in couple’s, inspiration in the creative, and awe in those who dream of the freedom of movement that the comet explores. Halley’s Comet is more than just a simple comet that we get to see every so often, it’s become more of a symbol to people, an icon and will probably be here long after we are gone and our children are watching it in the night sky.