It was on this day, in 1910, that Halleys’ Comet came very close during it’s pass of the Earth. The mass hysteria speculating that the end of the world was near, was fueled much by the spectroscopic studies of the comet’s tail (a 24 million mile tail) noting that it contained cyanide molecules. It was still over 480 million miles away, but proved to be a great opportunity for astronomers, both professional and hobbyist alike.
Maybe by 2061, with the opportunity to have more and more cube satellites in space, we’ll have an even better view of the comet. A chance to get even more up-close and personal.