COMET C/1999 H1 (Lee) = NOSTRADAMUS COMET ?
by Colonel James B. Ervin
Roughly seven months ago I embarked on a personal journey of discovery and investigative research. This, to determine whether or not there might be any real substance to a new interpretation of Nostradamus prophecies by author "Stefan Paulus."
Paulus' book, "Nostradamus 1999 -Who Will Survive," very credibly explores the possibility that an Earth threatening comet will be discovered during the Total Solar Eclipse of August 11, 1999.
Consequently, this possibility so deeply disturbed me, that I began to systematically investigate the obvious question: "Is there a comet which correlates to the criteria specified in Paulus' new interpretation of the Nostradamus' Prophecies?" My first three months of research had me firmly convinced that there wasn't a comet capable of fulfilling Nostradamus' Prophecies - then in mid April came the advent of Comet C/1999 H1 (Lee).
Here, in part, is what I have learned concerning the possibilities that this comet might be capable of fulfilling Nostradamus' only specifically dated prophecy:
The Prophecy: (Century 10 - Quatrain 72)
The year 1999, the seventh month, from the sky will come a great King of Terror: Resuscitating the great King of the Mongols, Before and after Mars to reign Happily.
The above quatrain is now being interpreted by Paulus, and a host of Nostradamus scholars, as meaning that a monstrous comet will pass near the Earth sometime between July and September 1999, awakening a Genghis Khan type warrior. Both before and after the comet passes, war will reign happily.
Q: Is the seventh month July or September?
A: During Nostradamus' day both the Gregorian and Julian calendars were is use. Therefore, it seems reasonable to conclude that the seventh month referred to - could be July or September. However, it should be noted the word seven used in the above (C10 - Q72) prophecy does mean "Sept. " in the original French. Consequently, most Nostradamus scholars now conclude that the seventh month must refer to September.
Q: What will happen when the comets passes by the Earth?
A: According to various interpretations of the Nostradamus prophecies, the tail of this comet contains a hidden cometary, asteroid, or meteor fragment in its tail. When the comet passes by the Earth in September, the fragment will fall out of the comets' tail and slam into the Mid Atlantic Rise, creating a massive 2000/3000 Ft tidal wave. This tsunami will inundate all the coastal areas of North America and Europe, as well as the Pacific Rim area and Sub-Continents.
Q: When will the comets close approach be noticed?
Note: The following prophecies are direct extracts from Stefan Paulus' book "Nostradamus 1999 - Who Will Survive."
A: C3 - Q34 Prophecy:
When the eclipse of the Sun will then be, In broad daylight the monster will be seen: Everyone will differ on the interpretation, High price unguarded: none will have prepared.
Note: There will be a Total Solar Eclipse on August 11,1999.
The line of totality of this eclipse begins at dawn in a point located about 700 kilometers to the east of the city of New York, to follow by the North Atlantic until briefly touching land in the south of England, directing itself soon towards France -(Nostradamus' Homeland *) crossing Normandy, passing by just 30 kilometers to the north of Paris at 10:23 U.T., leaving the French country by Strasbourg -; then it crosses the south of Belgium, Luxembourg and the south of Germany (Stuttgart, Munich); it follows by Austria (Salzburg and Graz are in the line of totality); and it continues by Hungary, Romania - where the eclipse arrives at its maximum duration, 2 minutes and 23 seconds, at 11:03 U.T., shortly before happening over Bucharest -; and Bulgaria, where it leaves European land entering into the Black Sea. It touches the northwest coasts of Turkey in the city of Cide, and continues way of Asia by all this country, crossing the deserts of Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan, to finish at local dusk in India. * (Text Added for emphasis)
Note: When a comets ephemeris (orbital trajectory) takes it behind the Sun, Occultation (as its known), by the Suns coronal disc and solar glare will hide it from view. Thus, when a comet is traveling behind the Sun, it cannot be seen from the Earth (or satellite) until it has fully completed its perihelion (closest approach) to the Sun, and then emerges from solar glare.
Note: When a comet which has exited Occultation, but is still hidden from Earth view by solar glare, some ground based telescopes and satellites, such as SOHO/LASCO may be able to observe the comet. Especially, during a "Total Solar Eclipse."
Q: Does Comet C/1999 H1 (Lee's) ephemeris closely match the comet mentioned in Nostradamus' prophecies?
A: Yes. This newly discovered (Long-Period) comet has many Nostradamus scholars worried. Why? Because its orbital ephemeris ( Posted Below) closely matches several key prophecies.
POST OF C/1999 H1 LEE EPHEMERIS
Courtesy of: http://encke.jpl.nasa.gov/RecentObs.html
C/1999 H1 (Lee)
IAU Circular 7144 (April 16, 1999) reports the visual discovery of a comet by Steven Lee on April 16.5 UT. The comet was discovered at a star party near Mudgee, New South Wales. The comet is described as 9th magnitude, diffuse and no tail. Gordon Garradd (Loomberah, Australia) gives m2=13.9 - 14.2. He states that the comet has a 3' coma and is slightly elongated towards the north.
Orbital elements and an ephemeris published in MPEC H06 and IAUC 7147 (both 4/19/99) indicate that this is a long period comet with a perihelion date of July 11.4 at a distance of 0.71 AU. Unfortunately, the comet will be on the other side of the Sun and solar conjunction (thus, not visible) around perihelion. The comet will move rapidly north in May and it will brighten to m1=7.0-7.5 before being lost in solar glare. The comet should be visible from both hemispheres in the evening sky by mid-May. (Currently, the comet is only visible from the Southern Hemisphere.) After perihelion, the comet will emerge from the solar glare in mid-August at m1~7.5-8.0 to become a Northern Hemisphere circumpolar object in September (dec reaching nearly +60). The comet will slowly fade.
For additional information, please visit the following link.
Online Simulator Link Page: http://www.astroarts.com/
While at the Astroarts Page: (Go to 1999 Comets Page - Find C/1998 H1 Lee) The comet is mislabeled. Then run the orbital simulator from August 11, 1999 through November 7, 1999. Do it from a variety of declination angles and aspects. As you do so, you will note that this comets simulated ephemeris has it in a high solar (northern) passage over the Earth around November 6/7.
This, of course, begs several questions, not the least of which are:
1. Why isn't this comets close passage being reported in the media?
2. What happens if the comets orbital ephemeris is altered by an unanticipated
Solar event? ect,ect ...
Note: You will also notice, if you go to the following links, that C/1999 H1 Lee comes out of the direction of Cancer. Again, just as prophesied by Nostradamus.
[See C6 - Q6 Prophecy in Additional Prophecies below.]
Link Page: http://www.drdale.com/comets/
Note: The Dr. Dale Site has an excellent illustration of the Cancer Zodiac connection.
Other Reference Links:
Link Page: http://encke.jpl.nasa.gov/
Link Page: http://encke.jpl.nasa.gov/images/99H1/1999H1finder.gif
Q: Are there - other factors - which might influence the orbit of C/1999 H1
(Lee), and bring it much closer to Earth?
A: Yes. Our Sun is now entering into Solar Max. During this time, there are numerous Solar Flares, and Coronal Mass Ejections. Since these events can and do alter the orbit of comets. C/1999 H1 (Lee) could receive an aft (direct) hit by a CME, Solar Flare, or cometary fragment. Such an ephemeral alteration could very easily bring this comet significantly closer to Earth.
COMET ORBITS: ( Extracted from above the Link-Page )
Note: Please visit the following link to see how Solar Flares and CME's alter a comets orbit.
Go To: http://www.nasm.edu/ceps/ETP/COMETS/comet_orbits.html
*******[NOTE: SEE A Sample Calculation For The Circularization Of An Orbit for another viewpoint of orbital dynamics predictions]
Comets, like the planets, travel in regular orbits. However,
some comets occasionally speed up or slow down in their orbits. Solar
radiation causes ice to evaporate on the sun ward side of the
nucleus. Molecules released by the evaporation stream away from the
comet and generate a jet-type reaction that pushes the comet away
from the Sun and slows it down. * IF THE NUCLEUS IS ROTATING, THE
FORCE MAY BE IN ANOTHER DIRECTION, AND CAUSE IT TO SPEED UP.
(* Emphasis Added )
Q: Are there other Supportive Nostradamus Prophecies?
A: Yes. Here are six: (Extracted from Paulus)
C5 - Q32 Prophecy:
Where all good is, everything right with the Sun and the Moon. Is abundant, its ruin approaches: From the sky it advances to vary your fortune, In the same state as the seventh rock.
C2 - Q46 Prophecy:
After great trouble for mankind, a greater one prepared The grand mover the centuries renews: Rain, blood, milk, famine, iron and pestilence, In the sky fire seen, a long spark running.
C6 - Q6 Prophecy:
There will appear towards the North Not far from Cancer - - - - (C/1999 H1 (Lee) Begins Passage thru Cancer June 14, 1999) the bearded star: Susa, Siena, Boeotia, Eretria, The great one of Rome will die, the night over.
C2 - Q41 Prophecy:
The great star for seven days will burn, The cloud will cause two suns to appear: The big mastiff all night will howl When the pontiff changes countries.
C2 - Q43 Prophecy:
During the bearded stars appearance, Three great princes will be made enemies: Hit from the sky, peace earth trembling, Pau, Tiber overflowing, serpent on the bank placed.
C1 - Q69
The great mountain round of seven stadia, Afterwards peace, - - - - -(The comets hidden object ?) war, famine, flood, It will roll far away sinking great countries, Even antiquities, and great foundation.
So, there you have it. The Nostradamus scenario does look quite plausible.
Note: The Nostradamus' prophecies say absolutely nothing (So far as I know) about the actual proximity of "THE COMET" to Earth during its passage. This fact alone warrants that C/1999 H1 Lee must be monitored as a viable "Nostradamus Comet Candidate" until such time as it can be demonstrably proven that this comet "IS NOT" a threat.
Why? Because this is the only CURRENT comet whose orbital elements present a close northern passage over the Earth. And a close northern ecliptic track does seem required of the "Nostradamus' Comet" if it is to be seen in France and the European hemisphere on 8-11-99. Not to mention the fact, that it seems (highly) unlikely that a southern ecliptic comet could eject a cometary fragment, meteor, or asteroid from its tail onto the Mid Atlantic Rise in late September or early October. This, as any discharged element would be prone toward remaining in the Southern Ecliptic orbital plane.
The Nostradamus' prophecies seem to indicate that the comet in question must originate from the southern ecliptic plane, and then take a northwestern track around the Sun during its perihelion, where its orbit will be invisible due to occultation and Solar Glare until early August, 1999. C/1999 H1 Lee, it seems, does just exactly that.
Other Useful Link Pages:
Sun-Information & Solar-Flares
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