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Episode 128 - The Saga of Comet Hale-Bopp and its Fugacious Companion, Part 2

16 Mar 2015, 12:00 UTC
Episode 128 - The Saga of Comet Hale-Bopp and its Fugacious Companion, Part 2
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Comet Hale-Bopp put on a fantastic display for Earth-bound skywatchers for over two years, often considered "the" comet of the 20th century. But, conspiracies and fear marred the event and led to the suicide of 29 members of the Heaven's Gate cult. In this Part 2 of 3 episodes, I discuss how decidedly unceientific claims and methods were used to divine information that became a key component of the mythology.

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