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Exploration of Halley’s Comet

Editors: Grewing, Michael, Praderie, Francoise, Reinhard, Rüdeger (Eds.)

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The 1985/86 apparition of Halley's Comet turned out to be the most important apparition of a comet ever. It provided a worldwide science community with a wealth of exciting new discoveries, the most remarkable of which was undoubtedly the first image of a cometary nucleus. Halley's Comet is the brightest periodic comet, and the most famous of the 750 known comets. With its 76-year period, its recent appearance was truly a "once-in-a-lifetime" observational opportunity. The 1985/86 apparition was the thirtieth consecutive recorded apparition. Five apparitions ago, the English astronomer Edmond Halley discovered the periodicity of "his" comet and correctly predicted its return in 1758, a triumph for science best appreciated in the context of contemporary views, or rather fears, about comets at that time. The increasingly rapid progress in technological development is very much apparent when one compares the dominant tools for cometary research during Halley's next three apparitions: in 1835 studies were made based on drawings ofthe comet; in 1910 photographic plates were used; while in March 1986 an armada of six spacecraft from four space agencies approached the comet and carried out in situ measurements, 1 AU from the Earth. In 1910, nobody could have dreamed that this was possible, and today it is equally difficult to anticipate what scientists will be able to achieve in 2061.

Table of contents (49 chapters)

  • New information on comet P/Halley as depicted by Giotto di Bondone and other Western artists

    Olson, Roberta J. M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-11

  • Encounters with comets: discoveries and puzzles in cometary plasma physics

    Galeev, A. A.

    Pages 12-20

  • The pick-up of cometary protons by the solar wind

    Neugebauer, M. (et al.)

    Pages 21-24

  • Alfvénic turbulence in the solar wind flow during the approach to comet P/Halley

    Johnstone, A. D. (et al.)

    Pages 25-32

  • General features of comet P/Halley: solar wind interaction from plasma measurements

    Rème, H. (et al.)

    Pages 33-38

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Exploration of Halley’s Comet
Editors
  • Michael Grewing
  • Francoise Praderie
  • Rüdeger Reinhard
Copyright
1988
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-82971-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-82971-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-82973-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 984
Additional Information
Part of this book originally published as the journal: Astronomy and Astrophysics, Vol. 187, No. 1 and 2
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