Halley’s Comet: The Dates It Will Pass Through Our Earth
Halley’s Comet is probably one of the best researched and the best studied comets which passes close to our planet Earth once per every 76 years. It was first discovered centuries ago by many historic civilizations, including the Babylonian, the Byzantine, Chinese, and other ones, but it was defined as a returning astronomic object only in the beginning of the 18th century by an English astronomer Edmond Halley. The comet has scientific name of 1P/Halley, and it remains the only comet which can be observed from our planet with the naked eye.
Many people are wondering about this comet and want to know more about it, especially a lot is talked about the dates it will pass through our earth and possibly damage it. The previous apparition of the comet took place in 1986, when our scientists had a chance to observe and study the comet nucleus and tail in details. Those days, a lot of information was received about chemical content of the comet structure, including volatile ices that dominate its construction, as well as the ways of possible formation and transformation of the substance, and so on.
Therefore, the next return of the comet to our solar system is going to take place in about 2061-2063. Thus, the dates it will pass through our earth is estimated to be close to the beginning of 2062. At the same time, there is no need to be scared of any possible harm to our planet since the earth will pass only through the tail of the Halley’s Comet. That event we know as the meteor showers, which will be visible in 2062 especially in the southern hemisphere. Even if any possible debris from the comet is going to hit the atmosphere of our planet, everything will burn up and not even reach the surface of the Earth.