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Halleys Comet, 1910

Halleys Comet. Halleys Comet orbits the Sun every 76 years. This periodicity was discovered by Edmund Halley (1654-1742), after whom the comet is named. Comets are balls of ice and dust form the solar system. Heat from the Sun evaporates the ice, forming a tail. This tail, which because of solar wind always points away from the Sun, can be many millions of kilometres long and very bright. Photographed from Melbourne Observatory, Australia on 6 May 1910

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1900s 1910 Astrophysical Astrophysics Australia Australian Comet Comet Halley Cometary Cosmological Cosmology Dust Periodic Solar System Tail Telescope 6 May Mono Chrome


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This print captures the extraordinary sight of Halley's Comet in 1910, as it made its way through our solar system. Named after the renowned astronomer Edmund Halley, who discovered its periodicity, this comet orbits the Sun every 76 years. Comets like Halley's are composed of ice and dust particles from our cosmic neighborhood. The photograph was taken from Melbourne Observatory in Australia on May 6th, 1910. It showcases the comet's magnificent tail stretching across millions of kilometers, illuminated by the heat of the Sun. This luminous trail always points away from our star due to solar wind. As a historical astronomical artifact frozen in time, this image offers a glimpse into early 20th-century cosmology and astrophysics. It reminds us of humanity's enduring fascination with celestial phenomena and our relentless pursuit to understand the vastness beyond Earth. With its monochrome aesthetic adding an air of nostalgia, this print serves as a testament to both scientific discovery and human curiosity. Its presence is a reminder that even though we may be small specks in an infinite universe, we possess an insatiable desire to explore and comprehend what lies beyond our own planet.

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