reply to post by truthseekr1111
"Has nothing to do with the issue"????
Originally posted by weedwhacker
OK.....the SUN is always...ALWAYS about one AU from us. That is what defines an Astronomical Unit, our average orbital radius. Comet Elenin is....now,
pay attention....FARTHER AWAY from us, than the SUN is. Now, recall....which one has a HUGE, GIGANTIC, BIGGER mass???.
Originally posted by truthseekr1111
Has NOTHING to do with the issue.
NOW.....look at it again. THIS thread, BTW.....is :
***Comet Elenin size, distance and scale explained.
(GO BACK AND RE-READ THE OPENING POST!!!)
So.....tell us again, how the above quoted by ME has "NOTHING
" to "do with the issue"??? :shk:
This shows WHY some people are so easily deluded by the kinds of people like Rob Balsamo. He, and his ilk spread lies and disinformation....(AND,
this fools those who really don't know much about aviation) .....which is what's seen on THIS ISSUE, re: Comet Elenin.....and astronomy,
astrophysics and, well....just COMMON SENSE!!!
It is sad to see so many remain ignorant and superstitious, and exhibit their gullibility.... swallowing every silly "claim" written on the
Just to recall: My example using the SUN, and its distance and mass, compared to the Comet Elenin, and ITS
distance and mass, is in direct
response to the ridiculous claims you
repeated (among others) of some so-called "alignment" of Elenin "causing" earthquakes!!!
Absolutely idiotic rubbish....it is astonishing that someone of normal intelligence would read that somewhere online, and fall for it so
readily....and not THINK it through logically.
So, just to nail how EXACTLY my example ("thought experiment")...an exercise in logical, critical thinking is relevant:
ANY claims that Elenin can "cause" earthquakes are shown to be nonsense, when you understand that its mass is woefully insufficient, in comparison
to the Sun...(And, well...the Moon too, by the way..) and especially considering its distance.
Is this so difficult to comprehend????
"Comet Hysteria" is not a new phenomenon. It is borne out of abject ignorance, irrational fear, and superstition:
THIS was written back in 1996....not only was a comet "approaching" then (comet Hyakutake in 1996, followed by Hale-Bopp in 1997) but the silliness
about the approaching "End of the Millennium" was spooling up, and making people act like morons.
Comet Hysteria and the Millennium:
*The comet of 79 was blamed for the eruption of Vesuvius that led to the destruction of the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
*Halley's Comet of 1066 was hanging in the sky for two months while the English and Normans were planning for an invasion. At the
Battle of Hastings a few months later the Normans emerged as victors and from that time on the comet was said to have been a sign that favored William
*The comet of 1665 was said to have been responsible for the Black Plague that killed 90 thousand people in London.
*The appearance of Halley's Comet in 1835 was blamed for several things, including the fall of the Alamo, the destruction of 530
buildings in New York City because of a fire that raged for several days and nights, the massacre of over 280 people in Africa by ten thousand Zulu
warriors, and wars that erupted in Cuba, Mexico, Equador, Central America, Peru, Argentina, and Bolivia.
These stories are basically examples of hindsight, or links that were made by modern people to explain things in the past.....
2000 years ago, 500 years ago, maybe even can accept 100 years ago......science knowledge was terrible, and lacking. There is NO EXCUSE
such ignorance, today!!!!! Not with the easily available resources at one's disposal.
Another bit from the essay, linked above. (SEE if any of this sounds "famliar"....):
The "Doomsday Comet" of 1996
Beginning in 1996 minor forms of comet hysteria reared their ugly head for the first time since 1910. With the discovery of comet
Hyakutake and the realization that it would pass close to Earth, some supermarket tabloids reported the comet was actually going to
hit Earth--totally ignoring the predictions of astronomers. The due date came and went without a hitch and there was no further
Interestingly, one supermarket tabloid, the Weekly World News, published an article on 1996 February 13 that stated the Hubble Space Telescope
had found a "doomsday comet." The article said "the famed astronomer Dr. Robert Cremson" had found the comet while examining Hubble images. He
said it was the size of Europe and would hit Earth on April 7. First of all, although comets have been photographed by Hubble, no comet has ever been
discovered by Hubble. Second, no one by the name of "Robert Cremson" appears in any of the records indicating use of the Hubble Space
How will all of you "fear mongers" and "doomsday beleivers" feel this time, next year?? When NOTHING happens (except a nice view,
once-in-a-lifetime in this case....this comet won't be coming back).
Will any of those ridiculous claims be retracted? Will any who made them learn their lessons?
(I highly doubt it, based on historical precedents.......).