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I stumbled upon this article on Facebook. Pretty interesting to see how this unfolds for next year.

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Old 10-07-2012, 10:28 PM   #2
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Wow!

I still remember the comet Kohoutek disappointment. As I recall, it turned out that a year or two later there was a significant comet, but no one payed attention in the popular press because of the let down over Kohoutek after the buildup of expectations. This would have been the early 1970s.
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They were reporting the other day that it is expected to be 10-15 brighter than the moon. If that's the case, all hell is going to break loose! I think the Mayans were a year off on their end-of-the-world prediction.
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I predict many instances of reactions like this (from the comet Kohoutek wiki), as, at least in the US, there is a notable minority of people who believe in the coming of the Apocalypse to one extent or another:

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In 1973, David Berg, founder of the Children of God, predicted that Comet Kohoutek foretold a colossal doomsday event in the United States in January 1974.[4][5] Children of God members distributed Berg's messages, which warned of impending doom, across the country. The majority of U.S.-based members then fled in anticipation to existing group communes (or formed new ones) around the world.
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I wonder how many crazies will drink some magic kool-aid thinking they are about to ride out on the tail of the comet.
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They were reporting the other day that it is expected to be 10-15 brighter than the moon. If that's the case, all hell is going to break loose! I think the Mayans were a year off on their end-of-the-world prediction.
Funny how we're getting close to the "end" yet no one really doesn't seem to care. Seems logical.
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Wow!

I still remember the comet Kohoutek disappointment. As I recall, it turned out that a year or two later there was a significant comet, but no one payed attention in the popular press because of the let down over Kohoutek after the buildup of expectations. This would have been the early 1970s.
Hey that brings back some memories. I remember standing for ages at the bottom of the garden at sunset trying to spot Kahoutek, then Halley's in 86 was a major disappointment (although predicted for the northern hemisphere).
The only comet I've seen that was really visible was Hale Bop in 97
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Hey that brings back some memories. I remember standing for ages at the bottom of the garden at sunset trying to spot Kahoutek, then Halley's in 86 was a major disappointment (although predicted for the northern hemisphere).
The only comet I've seen that was really visible was Hale Bop in 97
For Kohoutek I was out there with a cheap telescope, scanning the zone, never did see it. My science teacher said he managed to see it one time.

Halley's was a disappointment, IIRC correctly I drove to a rural location and saw just a blob. Hale Bop I didn't drive as far but didn't see that much, barely a tail.
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Only in Southern California.

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...yet no one really doesn't seem to care. Seems logical.
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