08 JUN 2012 by ideonexus

 Fear of Comets

When the movement of the comets is considered and we reflect on the laws of gravity, it will be readily perceived that their approach to Earth might there cause the most woeful events, bring back the deluge, or make it perish in a deluge of fire, shatter it into small dust, or at least turn it from its orbit, drive away its Moon, or, still worse, the Earth itself outside the orbit of Saturn, and inflict upon us a winter several centuries long, which neither men nor animals would be able to be...
Folksonomies: astronomy gravity comet
Folksonomies: astronomy gravity comet
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Lambert considers the gravity of the comet and how it might throw the Earth out past Saturn.