[AZ-Observing] Re: Quotes from public viewing sessions

  • From: Dan Heim <dan@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 16 May 2013 14:20:02 -0700

My grandfather told me stories about Halley's 1910 apparition. Said 
there were door-to-door salesmen offering potions to protect against the 
poison in the comet's tail (which Earth passed through partially). 
Cyanide had been detected spectroscopically, and though it was at a very 
small concentration, it was hyped by the media, and scam artists took 
advantage of that.  -Dan Heim

On 5/16/2013 12:13 PM, AJ Crayon wrote:
> One night during a public viewing of Comet Halley, from the Pinal County
> fair grounds, I was busy speaking with the last person to view through my
> scope and I didn't notice the next person to step up and start looking.
> While I continued to discuss the comet for a while, the gentleman that was
> looking through the scope interrupts us and says, "It's not as good as last
> time" and walks off before I could talk to him.  Felt like I really missed
> an opportunity to learn something from long ago.  I did note he had a
> walking cane.
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