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Chapter Fifteen: Halley and his Comet; Chapter Seventeen: The King’s Astronomer; Chapter Twenty: Maria Mitchell

 

Inquiry Question: What are comets? What makes them unique among objects in the sky? How were astronomers like Edmund Halley able to tell the difference?

*”Halley’s Comet” was last visible from Earth in 1986. Ask your parents, or grandparents, if they were able to see Halley’s Comet.

*Show pictures of comets and explain their composition. Explain the features that astronomers look for. Explain how astronomers measure speed, trajectory and other behaviors when identifying comets.

* Why did some people have doubts about Halley’s ability to predict the comet’s return?

* Describe the discoveries of Caroline Herschel and Maria Mitchell during their telescopic sweeps of the sky.

Chapter Fifteen…

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