DIFFERING PERSPECTIVES — A LAST WORD ON THE COMET
Can’t stargazers do their thing without discombobulating most of the rest of us with something that’s a phenomenon to them and usually invisible to us? Halley’s Comet is only the latest of those frequent once-in-a-lifetime heavenly happenings that have millions shivering outside, suffering eyestrain and acquiring a pain in the neck. Is it too much to hope that astronomers can gaze and orgase without continuously trying to turn the rest of us on? As the lady who traveled to an Inca ruin in Peru to best view Halley’s Comet said, “That’s it? That’s all there is? I came 4,000 miles to see this crummy little fuzzball?” Forbes, May 19, 1986, page 19.
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