In scientific circles, Halley?s Comet is more properly known as Comet Halley? Halley was a friend and staunch supporter of Sir Isaac Newton; he paid for the initial printing of Newton?s Principia Mathematica? Halley?s name is sometimes spelled Edmund? Halley?s Comet last passed Earth in 1986, and is due to return in 2061? Writer Mark Twain was born and died in Halley?s Comet years: 1835 and 1910? Halley inspired the punning name of the rock band Bill Haley and the Comets, which recorded ?Rock Around the Clock? in 1954.
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