Holiday in Shanghai – Shanghai Travel for Only later would they conclude that this was all one awesome celestial show to put the forthcoming nativity in cosmological and eschatological perspective. The Magi must have wondered what the Star would do next. Little did they know that all the things that had happened up to this point were just the prelude to the marvels about to occur. The Wonder on September , BC On September , BC, the comet was fast approaching perihelion it was just AU from the Sun and AU from Earth for comparison, Hale-Bopp never came closer to Earth than AU. The increasing distance from Earth was because Earth’s course had taken it away from the comet even as the comet had crossed the interchange, heading toward the Sun fig. FIG September , BC the comet is making its way past Mercury on its way to perihelion. Because Mercury is inclined to the ecliptic at an approximately -degree angle, the comet passes over Mercury’s orbital path before perihelion even though the comet is below the ecliptic at that point and under its orbital path after perihelion even though the comet is then above the ecliptic. Holiday in Shanghai – Shanghai Travel 2016.