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Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:28 PM

Comets have historically been considered omens and we laugh at the thought

Though frequently beautiful, comets traditionally have stricken terror as often as they have generated wonder as they arc across the sky during their passages around the Sun. Astrologers interpreted the sudden appearances of the glowing visitors as ill omens presaging famine, flood or the death of kings. Even as recently as the 1910 appearance of Halley's Comet, entrepreneurs did a brisk business selling gas masks to people who feared Earth's passage through the comet's tail.
In the 4th century B.C., the Greek philosopher Aristotle concluded that comets were some kind of emission from Earth that rose into the sky. The heavens, he maintained, were perfect and orderly; a phenomenon as unexpected and erratic as a comet surely could not be part of the celestial vault. In 1577, Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe carefully examined the positions of a comet and the Moon against the star background Using observations of the comet made at the same time from two different locations, Tycho noted that both observers saw the comet nearly in the same location with respect to the background stars. If the comet was closer than the moon, this would not have been the case. This so-called parallax effect can be demonstrated if you hold up a finger and look at it while closing one eye and then the other. Tycho concluded that the comet was at least six times farther away than the moon.

A hundred years later, the English physicist Isaac Newton established that a comet appearing in 1680 followed a nearly parabolic orbit. The English astronomer Edmond Halley used Newton's method to study the orbits of two dozen documented cometary visits. The orbits of three comets seen in 1531, 1607 and 1682 were so similar that he concluded they in fact were appearances of a single comet wheeling around the Sun in a closed ellipse every 75 years or so. He successfully predicted the next visit in 1758-9, and the comet thereafter bore his name.
http://solarviews.com/eng/comethistory.htm

Ancient people believed that a comet foretold something bad for the most part and we know that the appearance of a comet is merely a celestial object circling our own sun with no relationship to anything going on here on Earth. It would just be superstition to believe that a comet could impact political fortunes or failed crops or any other aspect of our lives other than giving us a nice show every so often. So then how come we have this out of control pandemic with the worst possible leader in the history of this country and suddenly this comet shows up? This kind of stuff only lends credence to the superstitious among us. And I find myself avoiding these superstitious people because it is hard to imagine a worse situation in the country, and, a comet showing up just to creep us out.

What did those ancient people know anyway.

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Joe Nation Jul 2020 OP
triron Jul 2020 #1
dewsgirl Jul 2020 #2
dewsgirl Jul 2020 #3
msongs Jul 2020 #4
PufPuf23 Jul 2020 #5
scarletwoman Jul 2020 #6
Nevilledog Jul 2020 #7
scarletwoman Jul 2020 #8
Silent3 Jul 2020 #9
BannonsLiver Jul 2020 #10
lame54 Jul 2020 #11

Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:34 PM

1. What comet?

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Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:45 PM

4. gotta have binocs to see it. we tried. an invisble omen at best lol nt

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Tue Jul 21, 2020, 11:59 PM

5. There is this prediction to consider as well.

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:00 AM

6. Comets were also seen as omens foretelling the death of the king.

I find that a cheerful thought.

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Response to scarletwoman (Reply #6)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:02 AM

7. Oh, such a party we would have.

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Response to Nevilledog (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 12:08 AM

8. You bet!

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 01:08 AM

9. What did those ancient people know anyway?

Maybe a lot about some things, but nothing that lends any credence to superstition.

Ancient people had the same confirmation bias and false pattern recognition issues people have today, and less science to help them see beyond that.

(Then again, less internet to exacerbate the problem too, but that's another matter!)

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Wed Jul 22, 2020, 01:19 AM

10. Who in the hell needs an omen?

The world has gone to shit. I donít need omens to see that.

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Response to Joe Nation (Original post)

Wed Jul 22, 2020, 01:52 AM

11. It's 4 years late

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