Then I saw it. Far away, there was a
ball of light. "It's Halley's comet," Dad
said. At first, I was frightened. It was a
strange visitor to the night sky. I hadn't seen anything
like it before. What if it were dangerous?
My father explained that Halley's comet is a huge chunk of
rock and ice with a tail of dust. It's five billion years old!
It had traveled from the edge of our solar system to fly around
the sun. He said that there are other comets out there, but most
will never come near Earth. Others come and are never seen again,
like ghosts of the sky.
Halley's comet is due to visit again in 1986. I'll be
eighty-six then! I can't imagine that. Maybe I'll watch
it with my grandchildren. Maybe even my great-grandchildren.