Mark Twain and Halley’s comet !!!

All of you might be thinking what have the two different names mentioned above, from different subjects of life have got to do with each other ?

I had read just a single statement from one of David Levy’s book, the world’s most famous living and successful comet hunter to date. His success, knowledge and experience knows no bounds in this part of astronomy, comets. These celestial visitors were generally thought to be ill-omens and associated with fear and death, destruction and all evil. After doing some search on that single line, I got the further following excellent info. on a wonderful topic…the intimiate and subtle relation between Science and Art, Literature, both the different aspects of the same One Nature.

This is in relation to the well-known author of many comedies, Mark Twain and history’s most famous celestial visitor, Comet Halley. The following article will shock you in the sense none other than a feeling of Nature’s influential co-incidence and such similarities between the two faces of Nature.

Samuel Langhore Clemens, who was writing under the pen name of Mark Twain was born on Nov 30, 1835 when the comet was still shining in the sky. This time the comet’s closest approach to Sun was on November 10, 1835. That means he arrived on the scene after 20 days after it’s arrival. In it’s next return, the comet arrived closest to Sun on April 20, 1910. And he departed the planet just the next day on April 21, 1910 after it left!! That means he came with it and went with it !!!

There’s more to this! Go through the following resolution he had made. Quoting from his biography:

  • I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: “Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.”

– Mark Twain, a Biography

And very applicable here, we had Shakespeare quote:

  • When beggars die, then are no comets seen:
    The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes.

If you are pessimist about the entire scenario/situation here, then you are clearly mistaken. He DID NOT commit suicide to make his vow come true, which he could have if ever the need arose. On that afternoon he fell into coma and it was in evening at sunset at 6:30 pm that he stopped breathing. So that was a Natural Call. And it was like he had slipped into the “coma” of Halley’s comet !!

Atleast I wont like to call it a simple word as ‘coincidence’. There’s much more to it than seems to us, about these two ‘unaccountable freaks’, creations of Nature.

2 Responses to “Mark Twain and Halley’s comet !!!”

  1. The cynic Says:

    It’s something any astronomy enthusiast would wish for.. would be a fantasy for someone obsessed with comets..
    Just proves that theres something beyond the realms of physics and metaphysics that we can debate and brood on endlessely and yet not get the slightest of grasp of what it could be…just supernatural

    Truly inspiring ..

  2. digirak Says:

    Really nice,amar good work, keep it up


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