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Fraser
2003-Sep-02, 06:03 PM
SUMMARY: Seventeen years after Comet Halley made its closest approach to the Earth, the ESO's Very Large Telescope "discovered" it again. Halley was discovered as part of the ESO's search for small Trans-Neptunian Objects; a group of small icy bodies in our outer solar system. Halley is currently 4200 million km away from the Sun, but when it reaches its furthest point of orbit in 2032 it would still be visible in the VLT telescope. This means that Halley can be observed throughout its entire orbit over the course of 76 years.


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DippyHippy
2003-Sep-03, 04:11 AM
Hmmm... interesting... wouldn't it be great to see a time-lapse movie of an entire orbit??

Dips

Fraser
2003-Sep-03, 05:16 AM
I was thinking the same thing. I wonder if enough photos have been taken of it over the last few years that something could be constructed?