How did Halley's Comet get its name?
Halley's comet got its name from Sir Edmund Halley who, using
Newton's laws of motion, predicted that the comet seen in 1531,
1607, and 1682 would return in 1758. Unfortunately, Halley died
before seeing the comet return, but when it returned just as he had
predicted, the comet was named in his honour by French astronomer
Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1759.
Halley's Comet was named for Edmond Halley, the English astronomer who identified it as a periodic comet.
The cometâ€™s orbital period was first discovered by an English astronomer by the name of Edmund Halley in 1705 which is why now the comet is crowned this famous name. He examined reports of a comet approaching Earth in 1531, 1607 and 1682. He concluded that these three comets were actually the same comet returning to the solar system in an orbit, and predicted the comet would come again in 1758 and of course, when…