Punch,  35 (1858), 136.

The Comet, and its Tail



News-Commentary, Drollery


Astronomy, Cosmology, Analogy, Supernaturalism, Animal Development, Cosmogony

    Following the appearance of 'the Comet', laments that fact that nobody has satisfactorily explained what the comet is. Notes that although astronomers have seen through the comet they cannot fathom its mystery. Presents the theory that, owing to their ghost-like appearance, comets may be 'ghosts of departed planets', or, because they have tails like tadpoles, are planets in the first stage of development.

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