Conclave Comets!

Together with all the papal portents of which I wrote the other day – and let us not be overly worried about these – there is a rare astronomical sight right now, visible in some parts of the world.

In centuries past, comets were thought to be harbingers of catastrophe, or at least as portents of great matters. Those of you who fret a little, can add this to the list.

Right now – just too cool – two comets are visible!

Here is a super photo from Astronomy Pic of the Day.

Both comets will reach their peak brightness during the next two weeks. The comets are C/2012 F6 (Lemmon), visible on the upper left of the above image, is sporting a long tail dominated by glowing green ions, and comet C/2011 L4 (PanSTARRS), visible near the horizon on the lower right, is showing a bright tail dominated by dust reflecting sunlight. The tails of both comets point approximately toward the recently set Sun.

As Catholics, you best response to this portentous harbinger presaging ominous ecclesiastical disaster is to stock up on …

MYSTIC MONK COFFEE!

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7 Responses to Conclave Comets!

  1. Bosco says:

    Hmmm…Ok, Father, but I’d be more reassured if the comets’ tails spelled out something like “Drink Mystic Monk Coffee” rather than ‘head for the hills’.

  2. off2 says:

    Um, don’t the the comets’ tail point AWAY from the sun?

  3. Bea says:

    2 comets
    2 lightening bolts at St. Peters
    2 Popes?
    2 What else can we expect?

  4. DanW says:

    I was going to make the same comment as off2 as the Sun is below the horizon at Sunset.

  5. The Masked Chicken says:

    2 comets
    2 lightening bolts at St. Peters
    2 Popes?
    2 What else can we expect?

    Not 2 much. 2 soon 2 tell.

    The Chicken

  6. robtbrown says:

    Bea says:

    2 comets
    2 lightening bolts at St. Peters
    2 Popes?
    2 What else can we expect?

    How about the 2 billion dollar fortune left behind by Hugo Chavez?

    Now that’s what I call $ociali$m!