Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy: "escaping the wrath of the heavens" and more

Nov 5, 2019

This morning on StarDate, we discovered that, over the years, comets have gotten some seriously bad press.

In fact, in 1910, folks were so concerned about the gases they feared were emitted by the tail of Halley's Comet, they were buying up pills alleged to combat the toxins (Apparently for those too poor to afford the rental of a "submarine boat").

Newspaper clipping from 1910

The perils of comets (none), the perils of the Mercury transit (none, as long as you don't look right into the sun) and other things you don't have to worry about, this morning on Astro Bob's Backyard Astronomy.

You can read Bob King's blog here, but if you want to bookmark some of the live streaming events so you're ready for Monday, you can find a couple here and here.