According to NASA:
Comets' influence on cultures is not limited simply to tales of myth and legend, though. Comets throughout history have been blamed for some of history's darkest times. In Switzerland, Halley's Comet was blamed for earthquakes, illnesses, red rain, and even the births of two-headed animals.
The Romans recorded that a fiery comet marked the assassination of Julius Caesar, and another was blamed for the extreme bloodshed during the battle between Pompey and Caesar. In England, Halley's Comet was blamed for bringing the Black Death. The Incas, in South America, even record a comet having foreshadowed Francisco Pizarro's arrival just days before he brutally conquered them.
Comets and disaster became so intertwined that Pope Calixtus III even excommunicated Halley's Comet as an instrument of the devil, and a meteorite, from a comet, became enshrined as one of the most venerated objects in all of Islam.Astronomers have discovered two new comets that are fast approaching our planet and have the potential to be Great Comets. One might be "bright enough to be seen in the day" and the other is projected to become "one of the brightest in history" and possibly "outshine the Moon".
The first comet, named C/2011 L4 (PANSTARRS), is expected to make its arrival in March 2013. According to astronomers, it will be "potentially visible to the naked eye low in the western horizon just after sunset" and also has the "potential that it may be visible during the day."
After a short speech, in which he was booed, he was escorted out of the meeting by UN guards.
He is understood to have claimed there is no global warming in the last sixteen years, and therefore the science needs to be reviewed.
Early winter hits western Germany hard ~ link ~ Winter hit large parts of north western Germany hard on Friday morning, with heavy snowfall which started at sunrise expected to
Commuters in Cologne got stuck in winding traffic jams, one of which on the busy A1 motorway stretched back eight kilometres, local paper the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger reported. It added that there had been between 40 and 50 minor accidents on Friday morning.