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Halley's Comet and King Kamehameha I

Halley's Comet and King Kamehameha I Astronomy Geography World History

During 1758, Halley's Comet appeared in the sky over the Hawaiian Islands.  On the same day, King Kamehameha I was born.  (Note, however, that some records state he may have been born when Halley's Comet traversed the Hawaiian skies in 1737.)

It was the distinctive appearance of Halley's Comet which caught the attention of royal Hawaiians.  There was, after all, a legend about such a light which predicted a major event.

As the story goes ... a great ruler would be born on the day a fiery light appeared in the sky, with feathers like a bird.  That child would grow-up to become a uniter of all the islands.  He would also be known as a “killer of chiefs.”

As this photo of Halley's Comet depicts - as it streaks the sky in 1910 - it is a fiery light.  One could also argue that it is trailing "feathers like a bird." 

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Photo of Halley's Comet, taken on May 29, 1910.  This photo was published in the New York Times on July 3, 1910.  Photo online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

 

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