Aristotle first introduces a type of comet that comes into appearance independently due to the burning of exhalations. The fire layer, which is the dry and warm exhalation, and the air below it both move in a circular motion that is caused by the revolution of the celestial sphere. Whenever ...
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Throughout the fifth century BCE, many scientists and philosophers tried to explain the phenomena of comets, such as Hippocrates, Anaxagoras, Democritus, Pythagoreans, and Aeschylus. The theories put forth by these men were quickly rejected by Aristotle in the fourth century BCE in his book Meteorology. After explaining why these men were wrong, he suggested his own theory that there are two different types of comets: independent comets and dependent comets. Independent comets form due to the slow burning of hot and dry exhalation, while dependent comets form from the exhalation from a nearby star or planet. Aristotle also goes on to show that there is a connection between comets and the weather on earth. This theory provided answers to many questions that were being asked about comets during this time, which is why it was accepted by many for centuries.
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