comet hale bopp

Heaven’s Gate was an American UFO religion based in San Diego, California, founded and led by Marshall Applewhite (1931–1997) and Bonnie Nettles (1928–1985). On March 26, 1997, police discovered the bodies of 39 members of the group who had committed suicide in order to reach an alien space craft which they believed was following the Comet Hale-Bopp. The bodies were all found on beds, cots, or mattresses. A 3’ by 3’ shroud of purple fabric was laid over all but two bodies’ upper torsos and heads. The two others had plastic bags over their heads. Each was wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black pants, black or white socks, and new black Nike tennis shoes. All had close-cropped haircuts.

If you’re too young to remember Heaven’s Gate, they were a cult who believed an advanced species would arrive with the Hale-Bopp Comet to take them to Heaven. That all sounds delightfully nutty, but the sad part is that they committed mass suicide when the comet appeared in 1997 because they believed it was their ticket for the plane – they literally refer to it as their “boarding pass.” We know this because it’s on their website.

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It’s not a very “spacey” name, but I believe I’m going to name this girl Poppy because of my grandpa. I’ve always called him Poppy, rather than grandpa, and it’s thanks to him that I share his love of space. :) I’ll never forget watching the Hale-Bopp comet with him though his old telescope when I was around 7 years old. That’s one of my most precious memories.

I was born during comet Hale-Bopp’s peak brightness so obviously I gotta Mark Twain this bitch and die the next time Hale-Bopp comes around, which isn’t for another 2,533 years

But I am determined