Star Of Eraston

This is not actually a star, but rather a comet, that makes a full revolution every 3600 years. This comet only appears in the sky for 36 of those years (18 in the Northern Hemisphere and 18 in the Southern Hemisphere).

When it first becomes visible it appears to emerge from the Eye of Aminus, and is not but a faint star in the distance. It flies from north to south, in contrast to all other celestial bodies. As it approaches the world, moving through the northern sky towards the ecliptics, it slowly gains in size as it comes closer to the world. It eventually enters the Ecliptics as a blazing comet with a flaring tail, and quickly passes through those constellations within a year. It slows only slightly as it races towards the southern horizon, passing quickly through the divine constellations in a year and then passing through the horizonal constellations in half that time. It then vanishes from sight (as it enters the skies of the Southern Hemisphere).

Tracking the Star of Eraston
This comet first appears in the Eye of Aminus (the precise northern point) at 18 years before the end of the Era (years 3584-3600).

For the first ten years (3584-3593) it seems to barely move south, passing out of the Arcane Constellations.

In the next seven years (3594-3600) it begins to quicken in both pace and growth, passing through the Seasonal Constellations.

At the end of the 17th year it is at its closest to the world and appears as a blazing comet, hurtling quickly through the sky.

At the beginning of its 18th year (3600) it enters the ecliptics and will pass through that part of the sky within only one year.

It enters the first ecliptic on the first day of a new year, in conjunction with the Orb of Sheliak, the Moon of Loran, the Moon of Woryk, and the Five Celestial Spheres. This is called a Great Conjunction, and marks the first day of the first year of a new Era.

It then moves through all the ecliptics over the next year, one month in each.

In its 19th year (3601 or 1) it passes quickly through the Divine Constellations, but this still takes about a year since they are larger.

In its 20th year (3602 or 2) it finally dashes through the Horizontal Constellations in just about six months time. Then it vanishing from sight in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Southern Hemsphere it appears as a quickly approaching comet in the first year (19th) and then enters those other constellations in the (20th) year. It begins to slow as it enters the ecliptics of that region (21st year). Finally it slowly recedes from sight (22nd through 36th years), as it pursues its course towards the Darkness, which is also called the Shadow of Degar.
They have their own myths about it in the south.

It will not reappear until seventeen years before the end of the next Era, over 3500 years later.

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