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Nature 314, 587 - 592 (18 April 1985); doi:10.1038/314587a0

Records of Halley's comet on Babylonian tablets

F. R. Stephenson, K. K. C. Yau & H. Hunger*

Department of Physics, University of Durham, South Road, Durham DH1 3LE, UK
*Institut für Orientalistik der Universität Wien, Universitätsstrasse 7/V, A-1010 Wien, Austria

The late Babylonian texts in the British Museum are shown to contain probable observations of Halley's comet at both its 164 BC and 87 BC apparitions. These texts have important bearing on the orbital motion of the comet in the ancient past.

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