Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green


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Flourishedlate fifth century BCE

Not to be confused with the Greek dramatist, Aeschylus (with his teacher  Hippocrates) concluded that a comet’s tail is not part of the cometary body itself; rather it is merely sunlight reflected from atmospheric moisture attracted by the comet.

Selected References

  1. Brandt, John C. and Robert D. Chapman (1981). Introduction to Comets. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
  2. Wilson, Malcolm (2008). “Hippocrates of Chios’s Theory of Comets.” Journal for the History of Astronomy. 39: 141–160.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA