Inspirational Scientists – Edmond Halley

Edmond Halley (1656 – 1742) was a contemporary of Issac Newton.  He published the first southern star catalog.  And improved the knowledge of magnetic north versus true north. His most important claim was an understanding of  comets, and that they return.  The comet he chose to study had visited Earth in 1456, 1531, 1607, and 1682.  He predicted it would return in 1758.  This comet is famous for being visible once in most people’s lifetime.

Edmond Halley’s work encouraged me to reach deep within myself to find the meanings of ideas, places, and words, and to look beyond the accepted meaning of the visible world. Doing so allows us to write with conviction that otherwise wouldn’t be.  The last time Halley’s comet was here was in 1986.  It will return again in 2061.  I hope it’s light shines bright in the sky for those who can see it.

Works Cited:
Tim Sharp, Reference Editor. “Edmond Halley Biography: Facts, Discoveries and Quotes.” Space.com.  http://www.space.com/24682-edmond-halley-biography.html Access Date: August 3, 2016.

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