eso8603-en-au — Science Release

Comet Halley Recovered at ESO

16 February 1986

The first observation of Comet Halley after its passage behind the Sun was made at ESO La Silla by ESO Staff Astronomer R.M. West and Belgian astronomer H. Debehogne.

The comet was observed just above the eastern horizon, against a bright sky. The magnitude was around 3, approximately as predicted. This early recovery observation is of great importance for the navigation of the five spacecrafts (from ESA, USSR, Japan) which are now heading towards an encounter with Halley in early March.


Richard West
Garching, Germany
Tel: +49 89 3200 6276

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This is a translation of ESO Press Release eso8603.

About the Release

Release No.:eso8603-en-au
Legacy ID:PR 03/86
Name:Comet 1P/Halley
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Comet

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