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Fiery comet portends DOOM!!! to pitiful humans

 
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SteveGus



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Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Fiery comet portends DOOM!!! to pitiful humans Reply with quote

According to Astronomy magazine, comet C/2012-S1 may become a very bright comet, brighter than the full moon, and is expected to reach maximum magnitude in late 2013.
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Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Steve,

Your post title gave me a chuckle. Lala Happy

I am much less worried about a looming apocalypse and more concerned that another well hyped 'comet of the century' will turn out to be a damp squib.

An infamous example was comet Kohoutek in 1973.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comet_Kohoutek

Even in this age of scientific wizardry comets are notoriously difficult to predict in terms of visual magnitude. As one astronomer said: 'Comets are like cats. They do as they like and they have tails'

However, if this comet does deliver the goods visually it will be a joy to observe. Although considering the generally malefic reputation of comets astrologically the implications may be more unsettling in terms of mundane astrology.

As far as I am concerned we are still picking up the pieces from the recent comets McNaught (2007) and Holmes (2007) which were direct harbingers of the current global recession.

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Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2012 5:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've read many of the alarming predictions that great comets have supposed to foretell. I'm not entirely convinced.

Bright comets to me have always been happy companions. I have fond memories of Bennett's Comet in 1970, and of course Hale-Bopp: it was a privilege to be alive to see that one. Of cojrse, Halley's Comet fizzled this last time around, but at least I saw it. And I remember the Kohoutek hype.
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Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2012 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've read many of the alarming predictions that great comets have supposed to foretell. I'm not entirely convinced.


Agreed. We need to avoid buying into the hysterical overreaction that could accompany the appearance of such a comet. I can see the apocalypse merchants using this comet as their next focus when the Mayan prophecies deadline of December 21st comes and goes without incident.

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Bright comets to me have always been happy companions.


In terms of visual spectacle comets can be stunning. I suppose that is what you mean?

Nevertheless the astrological tradition over the millennia is unanimous in seeing comets as generally malefic phenomena. Moreover, such views are not limited to western astrology but occur in a variety of cultures across the world such as China, Peru, India etc. One might argue such views were formed when people did not understand the nature of the solar system and the place of comets in it. Their appearance out of nowhere could be most alarming. Based on the ideas of Aristotle it was long believed comets were probably Meteorological phenomena in the upper atmosphere rather than physical bodies in space. Hence Ptolemy does not discuss comets in his great astronomical work the Almagest. Does this mean that we should dispense with the older view of comets entirely? If you follow that astronomical logic we should also reject astrological traditions connected to the planet Saturn since these formed from a geocentric worldview which was later discarded.

What astrologers mean by saying comets are malefic is that they have destructive potential like Mars and Saturn. However, like our approach to these planets each comet must be delineated individually based upon its time of apparition, its physical appearance, and its path across the heavens etc. Hence, my comments above on the comets McNaught and Holmes were based on the individual delineation of those comets not a vague reference to them as noteable bright comets.

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