Back in 1986, there was considerable excitement about the old faithful Halley’s comet coming into sight. As most of us know, the next visit is only in 2061.
Those days in India, most people had not seen a telescope.
So when the local university arranged for a viewing program it instantly became a crowd puller!
In order to avoid light pollution, the telescope was placed at the top of the department building – with no elevators (lifts) – on fifth floor.
My grandma decided to join us for the view. She was 86 then and had had two heart attacks. So we tried to discourage her: “Grandma, why do you insist on joining us? The telescope is on the fifth floor, there are no elevators.”
She replied: “The comet is going to return only after 76 years. Who knows I might not be alive to see it again!”