Joe Scallywag, on 05 April 2012 - 02:17 AM, said:
Hale Bop in 1997 was visible by the naked eye and I believe Halleys comet is even brighter, don't remember seeing that one myself though I think it was last visible in the early 80s sometime...
Comet Halley was quite bright in 1910, but in 1986 it passed far enough from the earth that it was only bright in telescopes.
Daytime comets are rare, tho we had one this year Comet McNaught in January.
Having a really close daytime comet where one can see the tail is also quite rare, but comet IKEYA-SEKI in 1965 was one of those.
The one in the show would correspond to something like the great comet of 1882 which may have been the brightest comet seen in historical times.
Anyway the red comet in SoIaF is kind of cypher, and a neat idea on George's part.
Watching the episode for a third time last night I thought it was a beautiful image, after using it in the start it gets forgotten.
Someone said it appeared in the last scene, I did not see it.
Thought that scene on the road* should have paned up to the comet for a close that would have been perfect!
*Still far south Arya's 'crow train' seemed to be on some other smaller road than the King's Road.
Edited by boojam, 05 April 2012 - 10:03 AM.