The periodic reappearances of Halley's Comet line

     As reported in Asian observation records.


240 B.C. A Chinese account of a comet "During this year a broom star was seen at the north direction and then at the west direction."

A Brief History of Halleys Comet, 1985.

164 B.C. recorded by Babylonian astronomers

86-87 B.C. A Comet with a bright appearance recorded by Babylonian & Chinese astronomers.

44 B.C. A bright comet (not Halley's) appeared at the time of Julius Caesar's fall.

11 B.C. Halley's Comet with a bright appearance.

66 A.D. Halley's Comet; a bright appearance with a magnitude of about -7.

141 A.D. Halley's Comet with a bright appearance.

218 A.D. Halley's Comet with a bright appearance.

295 A.D. Halley's Comet with a bright appearance.

374 A.D. Halley's Comet appeared & remained above magnitude 0 for 10 weeks.

451 A.D. Halley's Comet's appearance coincided with Attila the Hun's defeat.

530 A.D. Halley's Comet with a bright appearance.

607 A.D. Halley's Comet a bright appearance.



837 A.D. Halley's Comet This was a very close approach of Comet Halley and was veritably as bright as the planet Venus with an observedly outstretched tail at this time.

1059 A.D. Halley's Comet reappeared during the climax of a war between two Chinese kings, Wu-Wang and Chow Hsin, this very dominant comet was in the sky. The tail of this comet pointed east.

1066 A.D. Halley's Comet This visit occurred during the Norman Conquest of England. Terrified soldiers viewed this apparition before the Battle of Hastings. Bright appearance that lasted several weeks.

1273 A.D. three comets recorded.

1301 Seen by Giotto di Bondone and included in his fresco: Adoration of the Magi

1456 A.D. Halley's Comet reappearance.

1531 A.D. Halley's Comet reappearance.



1758 - 1759




Ian Ridpath. Chapter on-line. (1985).
book Source:

Ian Ridpath. A Comet Called Halley. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press, 1985.