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The Arthur Storer Planetarium

The Arthur Storer Planetarium is named after America's first colonial Astronmer. Arthur Storer (c. 1642-1686), an orphan, was a childhood friend of Sir Isaac Newton. They lived together and went to the same schools. They both had a passion for mathematics and astronomy. Storer came to the Maryland colony in 1678 with his sister, who wan an apothecary, to start an herb farm on the very tract of land that is now the site of the planetarium. Storer loved observing the night sky and had a zeal for comets. Armed only with an astrolabe, he was among the first to sight and record data about a magnificent comet that passed over the Patuxent skies in 1682. His detailed observations of the comet were very helpful to Newton, who quoted Storer's data repeatedly in his great scientific work Principia. Storer's work shows up in a number of Newton's writings. The comet became known as Storer's Comet, until Edmund Halley later predicted the comet's return; thereafter this celestial marvel was known as Halley's Comet.

Halley's Comet

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