Edmond Halley FRS (/ˈɛdmənd ˈhæli/;[1][2] 8 November 1656 – 14 January 1742) was an English astronomergeophysicistmathematicianmeteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley’s Comet. He was the second Astronomer Royal in Britain, following in the footsteps of John Flamsteed.

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