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What did the ancients see of the comet? Records show that the astronomers had discovered it up by September, if not before, so the news had time to spread during the ensuing month.

It would have been a good apparition because, at its nearest on 27th September in 164 BCE, Halley's Comet was as close to the Earth as it can ever come. (See the same in video).

A sequence of sky charts and a trace of the orbits of Halley's Comet and the Earth will show when the comet would have been most impressive.

Use the links in the left margin to look at the sky sequence and then click 'Skies' to return to this page. Then look at the Halley video, (a frame at a time helps to follow events).

This is a picture of Comet West, (1976) 
It is similar in size to what Halley would have achieved at its best in 164 BCE

There was also the impressive conjunction of 3 planets and the comet around the 16th Kislev.

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