Edmond Halley: One of the Greatest Minds

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Birth of a visionary

Edmond Halley was born on Nov. 8, 1656, in Haggerston, Shoreditch, London, England. His father was a prosperous soapmaker and property owner.

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Birth of a visionary
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Bright student

He excelled in astronomy and mathematics as a student. He went on to become one of the greatest astronomers predicting important events to precision and also providing extensive insight on the universe to everyone. 

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Bright student
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Major discoveries

While sailing over the South Atlantic Sea, he catalogued 341 stars in the Southern Hemisphere and discovered a star cluster in Centaurus. 

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Major discoveries
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Important and revealing observations

He also made the first observation of a transit of Mercury and realized that a similar transit of Venus could be used to measure the size of the solar system.

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Important and revealing observations
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Halley's Comet

Halley predicted that a comet he had discovered would return in 1758, 16 years after his death, and it really did. It was the first time a comet’s arrival had been predicted, and the comet was named after him as Halley’s Comet.

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Halley's Comet
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