The Comet's Tale

The Comet's Tale


It wasn’t an apple that started Isaac Newton thinking about gravity in 1681; it was a comet. Halley’s, actually, due back in vision in 2061. This rewarding 2007 documentary is packed with a whole evening’s worth of such pub facts. It’s everything you ever wanted to know about comets, starting with their place in superstition.

We learn where comets come from and how likely they are to hit Earth, and watch a superb demo of how to make the nucleus of a comet (ingredients: rubble, water, soy sauce, smelling salts and dry ice). It’s good stuff, gradually building towards the big questions about life, the universe and everything.


The story of man's understanding of comets, once thought to signal impending doom, revealing how space missions have provided important information on what they are made of, where they come from, and how they can influence events on Earth.

Cast & Crew

Executive Producer Matthew Barrett
Producer Michael Lachmann