Thursday 21 July 2016

Astrognome Scrapbook Erasmus Flock

Erasmus Flock

Erasmus Flock was born in Nuremberg, he published an account of the comet of the great comet 1556 and sometimes the comet of Charles V.  It first appeared in February 1556. When Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor first saw the comet he exclaimed "By this dread sign my fates do summon me". We have to remember that comets were often seen as bringers of doom and destruction.

Great comet of 1556

Erasmus Flock also conducted a review of the comets of 1531 and 1558, he died on July 21st  1568.

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