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1st ever record of Halley’s comet (240 BC)

1st ever record of Halley’s comet (240 BC)

The first known observation of Halley’s Comet took place in 239 B.C according to the European Space Agency. Halley’s Comet is arguably the most famous comet. It is a “periodic” comet and returns to Earth’s vicinity about every 75 years, making it possible for a human to see it twice in his or her lifetime. The last time it was here was in 1986, and it is projected to return in 2061.

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