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Página 47 - Wherefore if according to what we have already said it should return again about the year 1758, candid posterity will not refuse to acknowledge that this was first discovered by an Englishman.
Página 22 - It appeared to be of excessive length, and was of the color of blood. At the summit of it was seen the figure of a bent arm, holding in its hand a great sword, as if about to strike. At the end of the point there were three stars. On both sides of the rays of this comet were seen a great number of axes, knives, blood-colored swords, among which were a great number of hideous human faces, with beards and bristling hair.
Página 22 - This comet was so horrible, so frightful, and it produced such great terror in the vulgar, that some died of fear and others fell sick. It appeared to be of excessive length, and was of the color of blood.
Página 20 - This hairy star does not concern me : it menaces rather the King of the Parthians, for he is hairy, and I am bald.
Página 11 - These are the nucleus, the coma, and the tail. The nucleus is the bright centre of the comet, and appears to the eye as a star or planet.
Página 22 - ... the vulgar, that some died of fear, and others fell sick. It appeared to be of excessive length, and was of the colour of blood; at...
Página 7 - These planets all move round the sun in the same direction, — from west to east.
Página 35 - The second was a fine comet, but it was the third that especially attracted the world's attention. nine months and its tail was two hundred million miles in length. It was one of the few comets in history that have been visible in day time. This comet was seen to pass over the sun's disk by observers in South Africa, a thing Tinknown before in the history of astronomy and that can hardly be expected again in hundreds of years.
Página 22 - ... seen, and the coming of comets never failed since to bring uneasiness of mind and spirits to those who saw them, in whatever clime. Thus, in 1456, three years after the capture of Constantinople by the Turks, a great comet was seen which was believed to be in league with the forces of anti-Christ. The Pope of Rome ordered prayers to be said, and the common prayer was: "Lord, deliver us from the Devil, the Turk and the comet.