Tagged with Halley’s comet

Halley Crowd Sourcing

Here’s another snippet fro ‘Shaping the Day’ by Nigel Thrift & Paul Glennie. When Edmund Halley was Savillian Professor of Geometry at Cambridge in 1714 he wanted to get accurate measurements of the size of the earth and the moon and their distance from the sun, so he set up one of the first examples … Continue reading

Not Disappointing Mark Twain

There have been many accounts of astronomical events and their impact on humanity through the ages, not least the star of Bethlehem, one of the core symbols of Christianity. In 1066, Elmer recorded in the Anglo Saxon Chronicle spoke to a comet:’You’ve come, you source of tears to many mothers. You’re evil, I hate you! … Continue reading