Still, user grumblings aside, this is “a good problem to have,” Halley said.
And this reminds me of something which I must tell about young Halley.
The next return of Halley's comet is expected about the year 1910.
Similar exhibitions of this unknown force were made by the comet of 1811, by Halley's comet, and several others.
But Halley had no intention of being merely an astronomer with his pen.
Will Halley shrugged his shoulders, and let the sailor have his way.
By the same methods as those by which Halley's comet was predicted, the Leonids were predicted.
Will Halley shrugged his shoulders, but allowed the sailor to do as he pleased.
If—like Halley's comet—it be late—even a year late—perturbed.
Lieutenant Halley told off his own troopers again and resigned himself to wait.
English astronomer and mathematician best known for his study of comets. Using Newton's laws of motion, he determined mathematically that comets move in elliptical orbits around the Sun. Based on his findings, he accurately predicted that a comet observed in 1583 would return in 1758, 1835, and 1910. This comet is now named after him. In 1679 Halley became the first person to catalog the stars in the Southern Hemisphere.