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If astronomers claims with respect to the orbit are reasonably accurate, one thing we should expect is the likelihood of a rather impressive display, more than would be expected under the usual theoretical assumptions. As we get more details about the comet, it could indeed be a good test of EU comet theory. Well worth following. Of course, if we brush the tail, measurable atmospheric effects might be expected, but certainly not Doomsday.
Planetary encounters in the past are a much different matter than a close approach to a body a billionth of the size of Earth. What would make it interesting at all is the electric force, so much more powerful than gravity.
I don't expect the comet under discussion to be like the events described in WiC. But a period of 38,000 years Implies a very negative charge. This could produce events like the Chicago fire, New Madrid earthquake or Tunguska. This could be a problem for the electric grid we depend on. Also printed circuits could melt locally. These events have all been within 200 years. They are common. They appear to be the result of comet fragments. Without the grid, modern cities could be problematic at best. Without printed circuits most vehicles are just pieces of useless metal. This event will probably be a big yawn, I hope. But I will avoid L A. and other large cities if this comet doesn't change course. I've discussed this with a couple of EU insiders who both think this COULD be a problem. Not will be, but could be. We have made ourselves vulnerable thinking our universe is electricly neutral. You have taught me it's not.
During the Chicago fire event wrought iron railings glowed with St. Elmo's fire in Illinois and Wisconsin. See the TPOD. I believe New Madrid had plasma like descriptions from journalists. Same with Tunguska. These appear to be plasma events, IMHO.
A highly negatively charged comet COULD effect the Sun. CME's have occurred during comet approaches I believe. I'd supply links but I'm in the desert using my iPhone. No wifi.
Again, the only danger I think see is electric. And it's a long shot.
WASHINGTON -- Scientists using NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope have detected beams of antimatter produced above thunderstorms on Earth, a phenomenon never seen before.