posted on Sep, 29 2013 @ 10:52 PM
As a Greek resident you might find this interesting:
Aristotle (Meteorology III.2, 372a14) notes that "two mock suns rose with the sun and followed it all through the day until sunset." He says that
"mock suns" are always to the side, never above or below, most commonly at sunrise or sunset, more rarely in the middle of the day.
funny you should bring that up
We have already discussed the first causes of nature, and all natural
motion, also the stars ordered in the motion of the heavens, and the
physical element-enumerating and specifying them and showing how they
change into one another-and becoming and perishing in general. There
remains for consideration a part of this inquiry which all our predecessors
called meteorology. It is concerned with events that are natural,
though their order is less perfect than that of the first of the elements
of bodies. They take place in the region nearest to the motion of
the stars. Such are the milky way, and comets, and the movements of
meteors. It studies also all the affections we may call common to
air and water, and the kinds and parts of the earth and the affections
of its parts. These throw light on the causes of winds and earthquakes
and all the consequences the motions of these kinds and parts involve.
Comet actually means “long-haired,” and Greek philosopher and scientist Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) is the first known person to use it to
describe these “hairy stars.” Comets were very often considered bad omens, supposedly foretelling the death of royalty or the onset of some
calamity. They seemed to appear out of nowhere, and then disappear just as quickly. Astrologers must have flourished when a comet appeared in the
Comets were initially thought to be manifestations of the atmosphere.
ironically, like you, he was a uniformitarian
Ancient Greek philosopher, born in Stageira, Chalcidice, Macedonia, Greece in 384 B.C. His father was court physician to the King of Macedonia. He
went to Athens in 367 B.C. to study with Plato, then returned to Macedonia in 342 B.C. to serve as tutor of prince Alexander, the later Alexander the
Great. Aristotle returned to Athens around 334 B.C. and founded Lyceum. He died at Chalcis, Euboea, Greece 322 B.C.
He found and summarized arguments for a spherical Earth, thus ruling out older models with a flat Earth. Moreover, he constructed a world system of
concentric spheres around Earth in the center (i.e., a geocentric system), carrying planets and the outermost the "Fixed" stars - thus forming a
finite, spherical universe. He believed that "nebulous" objects like comets or the Milky Way belonged to the near-Earth space, the domain of
meteorology instead of astronomy. He considered meteorological phenomena short-lived, while the "heavenly" spheres would never change.
most of the reports of second or multiple suns witnessed in antiquity were cases of comets or fireballs/bolides
another of your bete-noirs
lets not even go there regarding your meteorological postings
not to say it's not a sun-dog or lens flare now, as ari claims mock-suns, like rainbows are reflections
but it looks to me that, in your haste to debunk, you may have over-reached/outsmarted yourself with the above source
and laid a freudian...
edit on 29-9-2013 by Metaphysique because: added edit & comment