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Halley's Comet, by Norman D. Anderson and Walter R. Brown.New York: Dodd, Mead & Co. 78 pp. $7.95.

Halley's Comet is due to make another of its spectacular appearances in 1985. This text gives a brief introduction to what comets really are, as well as what people have thought and feared about them in the past.

British astronomer Edmund Halley's role in the discovery of a 75-year cycle that brings the comet close to earth is explained with the help of many illustrations and photographs.

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Curious children will probably delight in the chapters on comet watching and hunting, as the authors offer good tips on the kinds of binoculars, telescopes, and star charts to use.