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Comet Halley (Halley's Comet)

Updated on January 12, 2015

Comet Halley

March 23, 1986 | 30 second exposure, started at 4:33 am local time (14:33 Greenwich Mean Time — Coordinated Universal Time [UTC]), Tahiti International Golf Course, Commune of Papara, Tahiti, French Polynesia | Kodak Tri-X film, no filter
March 23, 1986 | 30 second exposure, started at 4:33 am local time (14:33 Greenwich Mean Time — Coordinated Universal Time [UTC]), Tahiti International Golf Course, Commune of Papara, Tahiti, French Polynesia | Kodak Tri-X film, no filter | Source
April 11, 1986 | 17 minute 55 second exposure, started at 3:09 am local time (13:09 Greenwich Mean Time — Coordinated Universal Time [UTC]) | Tahiti International Golf Course, Commune of Papara, Tahiti, French Polynesia | Fujichrome 400 film
April 11, 1986 | 17 minute 55 second exposure, started at 3:09 am local time (13:09 Greenwich Mean Time — Coordinated Universal Time [UTC]) | Tahiti International Golf Course, Commune of Papara, Tahiti, French Polynesia | Fujichrome 400 film | Source

What is a Comet?

Comets are leftovers from the formation of the solar system, about 5000 million years ago. Near to the sun, small rocky planets such as Earth formed. Further out, large gas planets like Jupiter formed. Still further out, the masses of dust and ice didn't form planets. They stayed separate and formed a cloud of comets known as Oort's cloud.

Most comets are undetectable from Earth. Occasionally two comets may collide, and an icy piece of one of them falls toward the sun. The journey toward the sun takes several hundreds of thousand of years. Once the comet reaches the sun, it swings past it and returns to Oort's cloud, in as much as a million years since it left.

Short-Period Comets

Some comets orbit the sun much more frequently than what I've just described. These short-period comets have been captured by the solar system.

When a comet travels toward the sun, it passes all the planets in the solar system. Some of the smaller planets have no effect on the comet. If the comet passes too close to a larger planet—Jupiter or Saturn—it may become trapped. The gravitational force of a planet such as Jupiter or Saturn will slow the comet, leaving it without enough energy to return to Oort's cloud.

Halley's Comet is a Short-Period Comet

A comet which has been caught in the gravitational force of one of the larger planets is doomed to spend the rest of its life orbiting the sun in much less time than the one million year round-trip between Oort's cloud and the sun. Comet Halley is a short-period comet. It orbits the sun every 76 years.

The 1986 Apparition of Comet Halley

Comet Halley's most recent apparition was in 1986. Within a three-week period in March 1986, a group of six spacecraft flew past the nucleus of Comet Halley, at distances ranging from 17.4 miles to 372.8 miles. Professional and amateur astronomers, organized into nine disciplines of the International Halley Watch, monitored Halley's Comet using ground-based instrumentation. The scope and size of the international scientific community organized to study Comet Halley was unprecedented in the history of science.

International Halley Watch (IHW)

The United States Congress appropriated funding for the formation of the International Halley Watch (IHW). In 1980, a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) science working group was formed to establish the objectives of the organization. NASA Headquarters established two lead centers for the IHW, one in Germany, and the other at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California.

Nine observing disciplines (networks) were formed to encourage, coordinate, and archive the scientific data resulting from the observations of Comet Halley during its apparition from 1982 to 1989.

The Schmidt Camera used at the observing site on the grounds of the Tahiti International Golf Course in the Commune of Papara on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia
The Schmidt Camera used at the observing site on the grounds of the Tahiti International Golf Course in the Commune of Papara on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia | Source

IHW Small Island Network

The International Halley Watch's Large-Scale Phenomena Team was responsible for establishing a worldwide network to observe and photograph Comet Halley. More than 90 observatories in the Northern Hemisphere had the comet in view during every hour in each 24-hour period.

The situation changed in February 1986, when Halley's Comet rounded the sun. The comet was far south of the celestial equator and either difficult or impossible to see from many northern observatories. The Southern Hemisphere is dominated by oceans. The observatories there were too far apart to continuously monitor the comet. One of the nine networks formed by the IHW's Large-Scale Phenomena Team was the Small Island Network.

The idea of the Small Island Network was to place portable Schmidt cameras on remote islands to monitor the comet. The IHW's Large-Scale Phenomena Team only had funds to purchase the equipment. One of the most difficult aspects of the program was finding volunteers to operate the cameras. The six locations chosen to be in the Small Island Network were Tahiti, Easter Island, the British Antarctic Survey's Faraday Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, the South African Astronomical and Cedarberg observatories (both on the mainland), and Reunion Island.

My observing partner and I spent a month in Tahiti observing and photographing Comet Halley for the International Halley Watch's Small Island Network!

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Update: 8/6/2012

This article received the 2012 HubPages Hubbie Award for Most Interesting Hub. My heartfelt thanks to everyone who voted.

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      Daisy Mariposa 2 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Kristen Howe,

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate it.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great post about Halley's comet, Daisy. This is so useful and knowledgeable about the subject. I love astronomy. Voted up!

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Cynthia (Cyndi10),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. If your son and you were away from light pollution, and you saw "something," it most likely was the comet.

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      Cynthia B Turner 3 years ago from Georgia

      Great read on the comets. When Haley's Comet made it here, my son and I tried t find it, which meant driving outside the city, away from the light pollution, the trees, buildings, etc. We saw something, but I'm still not sure what it was. I'd like to think it was the comet.

      How wonderful that you actually had the opportunity to go to Tahiti for the experience. Congrats on the great Hub. Yes, it is evergreen. Good choice.

      Take care.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary (tillsontitan),

      Thanks for visiting again and reading my article another time. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I appreciate your very kind words.

      As you know, I was awarded the 2012 Hubbie for Most Interesting Hub for this article. The information is evergreen, but with so many Hubs being published, I'm thrilled that my article has not been forgotten.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Here I am a year later appreciating this beautiful hub yet again. I am still amazed at the beautiful experience you had and the marvelous pictures! I must admit, a little jealous too ;

      Shared so others can enjoy the beauty of this hub.

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      Daisy Mariposa 3 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nell,

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

      Spending a month photographing Comet Halley, with NASA covering all expenses but the airfare, was a great experience. I wish we had been assigned a location other than Tahiti, but there wasn't anything my observing partner and I could do about selecting our observing site.

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Great read Daisy, this was totally fascinating! voted up and hub shared, nell

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Christy,

      Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. Being part of the International Halley Watch was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

      Being honored by my fellow HubPages writers with the 2012 Hubbie Award for Most Interesting Hub was a wonderful validation of my writing.

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Daisy, I enjoyed learning about IHW - fascinating hub!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Vinaya,

      Thanks for visiting again. I am glad you were able to view this video this time.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      I read and commented on this hub and forget what I said in the comment. Sorry about this. Thanks for sharing on social media, which was a reminder for me.

      Internet connection is unreliable even in Kathmandu. Even though my service provider says the speed is 3.6 mbps, I don't get more than 1 mbps.

      Luckily, I watched the video this time.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Nancy (nancynurse),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for reading my article and adding your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

      One interesting aspect of staying in Tahiti for a month was interacting with the young people who worked at the motel in which we stayed. I spoke French to them, and they answered in English. It was a great way for all of us to practice speaking a "foreign" language.

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      Nancy McClintock 4 years ago from Southeast USA

      Love it .Love the video and especially the uplifting music.!!!!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary (tillsontitan),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. There are a number of Hubbie Awards presented each year. My article was voted "most interesting Hub."

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Well worth best hub of the year.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Laura (LauraD093),

      Thanks for reading my article and posting your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

      I published this article when there was one week left in the voting process for the 2012 Hubbie Awards. It came as a shock to me that my article was voted Most Interesting Hub of the year.

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Came across this on Goggle+I see why you won the award- really entertaining and informative hub. Thanks.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary (tillsontitan),

      Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. I appreciate your very kind words.

      The accolade I received was HP's 2012 Hubbie Award for the Most Interesting Hub of the Year, not a Hub of the Day accolade. HP members voted for the best Hub or Hubber in several categories. I was shocked when the awards were announced, and this Hub was voted Most Interesting.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I don't know how I missed this great hub. Your wonderful experience made this educational hub so interesting! Your video was amazing. Tkhis is a four star hub...congrats on the HOTD, it was well deserved.

      Voted up, useful,awesome, and interesting.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sherri (Sally's Trove),

      Thanks for visiting again. Wow! There probably weren't very many people who saw Comet Halley in 1910 when they were 16 years old who saw the comet a second time. How fortunate your grandmother was!

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Daisy, my grandmother was 16 in 1910. She was 103 when she passed. She saw Halley's comet twice, which I never will, but I'm glad I saw it once and could share it with her. :)

      Thank you for telling us how you found out about this volunteer opportunity ... too much can't be said about keeping up with academic (or esoteric) publications. ~ Sherri

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sherri (Sally's Trove),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. How exciting that your grandmother saw Halley's Comet twice! How old was she when she saw the comet in 1910?

      My friend has a Masters degree in Astronomy from The Ohio State University. He learned about the International Halley Watch from an article in an astronomy magazine.

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      Sherri 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a wonderful experience you must have had, Daisy. How did you find out about this NASA volunteer opportunity?

      My grandmother saw Halley's comet twice. Although she did not take pictures either time, she did have lively, colorful stories to tell us about each event. Viewing your photos makes me think of her. :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Samantha (Vacation Trip),

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting in it. I appreciate it.

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      Susan 4 years ago from India

      A very well written informative article. I like it

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      HoneyBB,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and adding your comment. I'm glad I was able to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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      Honey Halley 4 years ago from Illinois

      Halley's Comet has always interested me because Halley is my surname pronounced like a hall that you walk through with eee at the end not Hey Lee or Hal Lee. This was very informative and I love the pics and video. I sometimes feel like I have been caught in a gravitational force...lol. Thanks for sharing!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Sheila (sgbrown),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and adding your comment. I appreciate your very kind words.

      Thanks, too, for your Christmas wishes. Merry Christmas to your family and you.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      thumbi7,

      Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I appreciate it.

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      What a wonderful experience that must have been! You are so lucky to have been part of the comet watch team! I'm sure that is something you will always be proud of! What a great job you and your partner did! Voting this up and awesome! Merry Christmas to you and your family! :)

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      JR Krishna 4 years ago from India

      Very informational hub.

      I will share it with my children.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Debbie,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to your family and you.

      Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and adding your comment. The person with whom I traveled to Tahiti and I took all of the photographs, and I created the video. I'm glad you liked it.

      Being part of the International Halley Watch's Small Island Network was an incredible experience! I'm so glad I had the opportunity to participate.

      When you have time. you might like to read my most recent article about the 2008 UFO crash at Needles, California.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Daisy this is an awesome hub.. did you make the video yourself? what a great job.. I am sharing this wonderful hub

      I love any information on comets, stars, outer space..

      Merry 'Christmas Daisy

      I haven't visited you lately so sorry. I will try and do better over the next year

      Happy New Year

      Debbie

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Scott (DC Duby),

      Thanks for visiting again. I appreciate your kind words.

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      You did an incredible job Daisy congrats on the award you deserve it.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Scott (DS Duby),

      Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and adding your comment. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub.

      I was shocked when I received the 2012 HubPages Hubbie Award for Most Interesting Hub for this article. I published the article with only a week left in the voting window.

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      DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

      Wow incredible hub. The presentation is amazing as is your writing style. I've always found our solar system fascinating so this hub was basically a triple win for me. very nice. Voted up awesome interesting and useful. Sharing.

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Janelle (everythingdazzles),

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. I appreciate it.

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      Janelle 4 years ago from Houston

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dahlia (livingsta),

      Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting in it. Thanks, too, for sharing my Hub. I appreciate your support of my writing.

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Useful information here Daisy! Thank you for sharing!

      Voted up and sharing!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      vasmenon,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for reading my article and commenting in it. I appreciate your very kind words. Being a member of the International Halley Watch team ws the experience of a lifetime.

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      vasmenon 4 years ago from India

      I was in school when the Hailey Comet was in news...and remember reading all about it for the sake of general knowledge. After all these years, I am thrilleed to read the experiences of a person who actually observed it. Congrats for your achievement and the excellent account of it.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Art (rasta1),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      I enjoyed this nice educational piece very much.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rosemary (Rosemay50),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and adding your comment. Being part of this once-in-a-lifetime scientific expedition wasn't easy, but I would not have missed the opportunity to participate.

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What a wonderful experience to be part of the Haley Comet watch. I saw it stood on a beach in Queensland Australia.

      An awesome hub and ejoyed the video.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Maria (marcoujour),

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. I appreciate your very kind words about my Comet Halley / International Halley Watch experience.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Daisy,

      You are truly one of the most fascinating women I have known. How very cool to have had this experience, which I can only remember from the news. You have made it come alive with your first hand memories and experiences...truly worthy of the most interesting hub for 2012.

      Thank you so much. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Jamie,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting.

      Thanks for your kinds words about my being awarded the Hubbie for Most Interesting Hub. I was very surpirsed when I learned I had received the Hubbie. I published the Hub with only one week left in the voting process.

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      Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

      Hi Daisy... what an awesome, interesting and informative hub! I have never seen a comet but sure hope I get to one day. I did get to see a meteor shower one time and it was amazing. Congrats on winning the Hubbie Award, you deserve it :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      moonlake,

      Thanks for visiting again. How fortunate that you live in an area with no light pollution!

      The next time you know a comet is going to visible in the area in which you live, I hope you have a camera with you when you observe the comet.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Yes we saw them with the naked eye. One was 1997 HaleBopp and 1973-74 Kohoutek. My husband remembered HaleBopp and when I looked on the internet I remembered Kohoutek's odd name and the house we were in when we saw it. I wish at that time I had a camera that would have taken a picture of them.

      We live where it is completely dark at night no city lights and anything can be seen in the sky.

      Great hub.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Shasta (Millionaire Tips),

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting.

      Observing and photographing Comet Halley was not an easy assignment. It's a tradition in astronomy that after a night of observing, one must develop the photographs taken before going to sleep. Using the motel bathroom as a darkroom was quite an experience.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Wow! That sounds like an amazing experience, and I definitely would have volunteered for such an assignment. Loved the slideshow, and I learned quite a bit about astronomy as well. Thanks.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Ish (ishwaryaa22),

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. I appreciate your very kind words.

      With so many great articles published on HubPages, I was deeply honored to have been awarded the 2012 Hubbie for Most Interesting Hub.

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      An informative & insightful hub! I recall that I studied about planets, stars and comets in the third standard! I enjoyed your video. A detailed hub with engaging pictures. Congrats for winning the Hubbie award for the most interesting hub!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Vinaya,

      Thanks for reading my article and for your good wishes for my being awarded the Hubbie for Most Interesting Hub. Were you in Kathmandu when you had the slow Internet connection? Or were you at your farm?

      Please post another comment after you view the video.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Daisy, congrats for the Hubbie Award.

      This is very interesting read. I could not watch the video because connection is really slow at the moment. But surely I will come back to watch the video.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      nancynurse,

      It's nice to meet you. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting.

      I'm glad you liked the music. An a cappella group called "Straight No Chaser" is singing. I've used their music in a few of my video Hubs.

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      Nancy McClintock 5 years ago from Southeast USA

      Very well written. Even love the music. So interesting. Thanks for your research and sharing.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Thomas (ThoughtSandwiches),

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. Thanks, too, for commenting. I appreciate your very kind words.

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      ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Daisy,

      I can certainly see why this won "most interesting" and I'm glad it did for fear that I would have missed it! Congrats on the acknowledgement of such an excellent article!

      Thomas

      PS...I have yet to see a comet.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Rich(rcrumple),

      Thanks for reading my article and commenting.

      I'm sorry you weren't able to view the video. Did you click on a link to my article from within a Facebook group? That might have been the problem.

      Clicking on the link to my Hub from my HubPages profile page or Google+ should work.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Extremely well written story. What an experience it must've been! I've witnessed a few meter showers and such, but never this. Great Job!

      (Tried to view the video but it kept shutting down after five seconds or so.)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Carly,

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. Did you see Comet Halley when you were 13 years old?

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Mary,

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. Thanks, too, for your very kind words and for sharing my Hub. I was very fortunate to have spent a month in French Polynesia observing and photographing Comet Halley.

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      CarlySullens 5 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      I remember back in 1986 when Halley's Comet was visible. I was 13 years old and remember everyone making a big deal about seeing the comet, because it might be the only time you will see it.

      Great hub.

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      Well, I finally caught up with you to read your winning Hub. Congrats. This really was very interesting...I see why it was chosen.

      Good work. What a thrill this must have been for you!

      I voted this UP, etc.etc. and will share (in case anyone missed this).

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Bruce (Cogerson),

      Thanks so much viewing my video and reading my article. Thanks, too, for your very kind words.

      I'm thrilled with my Hub being named Most Interesting Hub. It's a validation of my writing.

      Congratulations on your double Hubbie win. Both of your Hubbie Awards are well-deserved.

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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      I just had to stop by and comment on your 2012 Hubbie Award winning hub. A very interesting and informative hub and I can easily see why it is now an award winning hub.....job well done....I am very happy for you.....keep up the great work.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      moonlake,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. I appreciate your very kind words.

      How fortunate you have seen two or three comets! Were you able to see them with the naked eye? Or did you use a telescope?

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Congrats on hubbie award. I have seen two or three comets but for the life of me I can't remember which ones. I will get up in the middle of the night to look at one not my husband he just keeps sleeping. Great Hub enjoyed reading it, voted up.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Made,

      Thanks for visiting again. I've published a few Hubs in my museum / art history series recently. You might enjoy reading those when you have time.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      I try my hardest to catch up with hubs, but I simply can't. I've missed you and your hubs. I'll try to visit your hubs more often. :)

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Made,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. Thanks, too, for your very kind words. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub.

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      Madeleine Salin 5 years ago from Finland

      Congrats on winning a hubbie award. I oved the video and the music. This hub is very interesting and easy to read even if you - like me - don't know anything about comets.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Linda (Sunshine),

      Thanks very much. I was so surprised when the Hubbie Awards were announced today.

      Congratulations on your Hubbie for Most Helpful Hubber. It's a well-deserved award.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congrats on your Hubbie for this hub!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      starstream,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article.

      If you actually plan a trip to French Polynesia, please send me an e-mail via HubPages. There was just one thing I disliked about French Polynesia, specifically Tahiti, but I would never publish my dislike in an article that is read worldwide.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      whonunuwho,

      Thanks for visitng again. I appreciate your support.

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      Dreamer at heart 5 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks for creating this hub and sharing it with all of us. I find it very interesting. Scientific data is certainly of great interest to many of us. I am curious, since I may be visiting Tahiti one day, could you please share your dislikes about it?

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      My pleasure most assuredly. A very nice work on Halley's Comet, Daisy.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      whonunuwho,

      It's nice to "see" you again. Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. I appreciate it.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      One of the most amazing things about Haley's Comet is the fact that Samuel Clemens was born and died at the times that the comet appeared.(born in the same month of November and died in the same month on the next day, both only a few days apart)Mark Twain was his pen name and he was a great writer of our literary history in the American scene. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn most surely were at attention on a l0cal riverboat up in heaven when he joined them there. As he once wrote in near death, "he was of the rich and poor, the loved and unloved", in American literature.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Christy,

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. I'm glad you enjoyed the music. "Straight No Chaser" is one of my favorite groups.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great hub. I like the video too, I played it as I read and the music was a nice background. Great way to highlight your photos too.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Keith,

      Thanks for viewing my viewing my video, reading my article, and commenting. Being part of this scientific expedition was a great experience. I'm glad I had the opportunity to participate.

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      KDuBarry03 5 years ago

      Really useful information, Daisy. Absolutely engaging! You did very well with the information here :) I bet you had a blast on this observation!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Steve (poshcoffeeco),

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. Thanks, too, for posting the link to this Hub on Google+.

      Observing and photographing Comet Halley for a month in Tahiti for NASA was a never-to-be-forgotten experience. I'm amazed that one of our photographs was published in Sky & Telescope magazine and that five of our photos were published in NASA's atlas of the event.

      It's really too bad that French Polynesia is tied for my least favorite vacation destination out of the more than 30 countries, island nations, and island dependencies I've visited.

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      Steve Mitchell 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Really interesting hub Daisy, even more interesting to learn that you were in the team observing Halley's Comet. Wow!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      lovedoctor926,

      It's nice to "see" you again. I'm glad you had an opportunity to view Comet Halley.

      I'm also glad you enjoyed the music I used with the video. The a cappella group is "Straight No Chaser." The song is "I'm Yours / Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from their CD "With a Twist."

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dianna (teaches12345),

      Thanks for viewing my video and reading my article. My having been a part of this scientific expedition was an incredible experience.

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      This is a very well-presented hub. I love the song in the background. I remember when I was little my family and I headed to Islamorada Keys, Florida. We were there till after midnight waiting to see Comet Halley. Voted up awesome! thanks for sharing

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I have always been fascinated by these heavenly creations. You have posted some great facts and the video is interesting. Voted up!

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Janine,

      Thanks for viewing my video, reading my article, and sharing my Hub. I appreciate your support.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      India (K9keystrokes),

      Thanks for stopping by again. Our comet expedition was truly a never-to-be-forgotten experience.

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      I wasn't even 10 years old when Haley's Comet recent apparition occurred in 1986, but still remember the huge deal made out of it in my class at school and getting to catch a glimpse. Thanks for this detailed hub about it and of course voted up and shared too.

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      I can see why they chose to publish your comet photography in the governments atlas, it is something very special! What an amazing adventure that must have been for you Halley Watch People! This is truly one "star" of a hub. ;)