Text #877Natural Questions. Series: The Complete Works of Lucius Annaeus Seneca .
[Sen. 7.20.4. Translated by Harry M. Hine. The University of Chicago Press. 2010 p. 127]
We fail to see many comets because they are concealed by the sun’s rays. Posidonius records that once when the sun was eclipsed a comet appeared, which the nearby sun had hidden from view. Often when the sun has set, scattered fires appear not far from it; clearly the star itself is bathed in the sun’s light and so cannot be seen, but its hair escapes the sun’s rays.