January 17, 1986 |
During the next week, sky watchers in the Philadelphia area will have their last opportunity for at least six weeks to view Halley's comet as it approaches the sun and moves slowly out of view. Derek Pitts, an astronomer at the Franklin Institute, said that so far, many observers unfamiliar with the night sky have had difficulty spotting the comet because it has been so dim. "It's been very tough to see, and it will become increasingly difficult every day during the next week," he said.
June 29, 1986 |
Nature received terrible reviews for its mishandling of the return of Halley's comet. Lack of practice, many believed. The event nevertheless induced Morton Subotnick to compose a major work, Return, in celebration, and the piece is available on record (New Albion 010). Subotnick is the emblem of electronic musical activity and is the only composer to have won a Pulitzer Prize for a computer-generated score. This new work, 44 minutes long, attempts to portray all time since the Spirit hovered over the waters, gradually becoming musically specific for the recent sightings of the comet.
January 5, 1986 |
With Halley's comet growing brighter each day, comet fever is heating up in southern Florida, the best place in the continental United States from which to see the celebrated celestial visitor. Comet festivals, tours to good viewing spots, planetarium shows, star parties, special flights and cruises are some of the comet-oriented activities being offered to visitors this winter. Some are already under way, and the pace will quicken as the best viewing time approaches in late March and early April.
January 30, 2011 |
KAPOLEI, Hawaii - During his 12 seasons as the Eagles' placekicker, David Akers has been a frequent, if not weekly, visitor to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and he has learned one truth. As a parent, the last place you ever want to be with your child is the oncology floor. The cancer-stricken children there are like "warriors," Akers said. The parents, stronger than he could ever be. Yet on the Friday before the Eagles faced Green Bay in the playoffs three weeks ago, Akers was at Children's with his 6-year-old daughter, Halley, snaking through a course of tests that led them, unexpectedly, to the oncology floor.
February 8, 1996 |
Astronomers have discovered a new comet that may rival the brightest stars in the sky when it passes near Earth next month. If comet Hyakutaki, as it's called, lives up to expectations, it will put on a far better show than the famous Halley's comet did when it appeared as a faint smudge 10 years ago. The new comet is named after Yuji Hyakutaki, an amateur Japanese astronomer who first spotted the object using large binoculars on Jan. 30....
March 19, 1986 |
My second-favorite picture of the week was of Halley's comet streaking through the skies, the one that newspapers throughout the country ran on their front pages to illustrate the success of the Soviet spacecraft Vega I. The visit of Halley's comet has been something of a disappointment to most of us. If we've seen it at all, it's been as a gray smudge just above the horizon. But this was a dynamite picture, revealing Halley's to be everything a comet should be. The photo's only real flaw, if it could be called that, is that it was taken in 1910 at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Ariz.
April 16, 1986
I don't remember how young I was when I first heard of Halley's comet, but I remember the story. My grandmother, Helen Brady, told me that when she was a young girl she heard that the world was about to end one night at 6 p.m. So she and her sisters went out and sat on the front step of their Philadelphia rowhouse, in Society Hill, and watched the sky and waited for the world to end. That was a common thought in 1910. There were many who believed the comet, which passed closer to the Earth that year than it has this time, would send poison gas and spell the end of the world.
April 17, 1986 |
Ada Kessler has the ultimate word on Halley's comet: The 1986 version doesn't hold a candle to the one in 1910. Kessler, 89, who has seen the comet twice in her life, said that this year it was "just a fuzzy blur. " A retired teacher and avid traveler, Kessler had planned to visit Australia to see the comet for the second time, but on the advice of her travel agent visited Chile instead, returning last week. Seventy-six years ago, the last time Halley's appeared, Kessler, then a teenager, watched the comet every night from the porch of her family's home on Lancaster Avenue in Malvern.
March 27, 1986 |
For Ed Kaczanowicz, seeing Halley's comet, perched in the pre-dawn southeastern sky near Saturn, Mars and the constellation Sagittarius, was nothing compared to seeing the hundreds of people lined up outside his mini- observatory in Upper Dublin Township. "The crowd is a bigger spectacle here than the comet," said Kaczanowicz, a research technician for the physics department at Temple University's Ambler campus. He was charged with the difficult task of giving everyone in line a quick glimpse of the comet.
March 11, 1986
If the only gauge of U.S.-Soviet relations was the rhetoric emanating from Washington and Moscow these days, any reasonable person would have cause for despair. Yet behind the scenes, the two nations have joined to share in one of the major scientific events of the century: a close-up examination of Halley's comet. American scientific equipment is onboard the Soviet Vega spacecraft that on Sunday passed within 5,000 miles of the huge comet. A dust analyzer designed by a University of Chicago scientist is one of the main instruments on Vega, there at the invitation of Soviet scientists.