Halley's Comet on the Bayeux Tapestry. It was seen by some as an ill omen for King Harold of England, who was then defeated by French. invaders. ©Mona Evans "Halley's Comet" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art44795.asp Features Halley, Halley Comet, Bayeux Tapestries, Tapestries Features, Evans Halley
New research has identified the man who designed the Bayeux Tapestry, one of the most important artworks of the Middle Ages. Historian Howard B. Clarke believes that this was Scolland, the abbot of St.Augustine’s monastery in Canterbury, and that it was made around the year 1075.
Halley's Comet as imaged by the Giotto probe in 1986. Halley's Comet has been swinging close by Earth every 75 years or so for at least the last 2200 years. It is about 15 km across and loses about 6 meters of icy material from its surface with each sunward encounter. How long would it take for Halley's Comet to be no more?
NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope provides a close-up look of Comet ISON (C/2012 S1), as photographed on April 10, when the comet was slightly closer than Jupiter’s orbit at a distance of 386 million miles from the sun. Credit:NASA, ESA, J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute), and the Hubble Comet ISON Imaging Science Team.