Others include Copernicus, Caroline and William Herschel, Fred Hoyle, Edmund Halley
and Thomas Henderson of Dundee, who was the first person to measure the distance to the star Alpha Centauri - the closest star system to our own.
It was discovered in 1705 by Edmund Halley
and is perhaps the most famous comet.
1715 - Edmund Halley
observes total eclipse phenomenon "Baily's Beads"
1720 - Sir Edmund Halley
is appointed Great Britain's second Astronomer Royal.
Beginning with Edmund Halley
's examination of the Transit of Venus and ending with a discussion of how many tanks Rommel had during the Second World War, "Errors, Blunders, and Lies" invites the reader to come along on this easily accessible and fascinating journey of how to identify the nature of errors, minimize the effects of blunders, and figure out who the liars are.
The source of the dust for this particular meteor shower is the famous Halley's Comet - named after the astronomer Edmund Halley
- which last passed through the inner solar system in 1986 on its 76-year orbit, leaving behind its dusty trail.
(1656-1742), the English scientist and astronomer who gave his name to the famous comet, having accurately predicted its arrival, circa 1740, was the first to record the full transit of Mercury in 1677.
was the first to suggest that measuring the exact times of the ingress (start) and egress (finish) of a Venus transit over the solar disk from different geographical locations allows the distance between the Sun and the Earth (the so-called Astronomical Unit) to be calculated.
Although Edmund Halley
- who also discovered the famous comet - showed the westward-drifting motion of the Earth's geomagnetic field in 1692, it is the first time that scientists have been able to link the way the inner core spins to the behavior of the outer core.
What was the occupation of Edmund Halley
, who devised one of the first practical diving bells in 1717?
The exhibition displays rare books, scientific instruments and correspondence, showing how Arabic thought and culture influenced and inspired key figures such as Edmund Halley
and Robert Boyle.