Inexpensive vacations for Further, the setting of a tailed comet on the western horizon is uniquely qualiied to be perceived to stand over a particular house. For examples of comets standing over places, we need only turn to Roman historians Josephus and Cassius Dio. Using the same verb as Matthew for stand, Josephus referred to a star, resembling a sword, which stood over the city [of Jerusalem In a similar vein, Cassius Dio wrote of a comet hanging or raised up over aioretheis huper the city of Rome for several days in BC, which would seem to be essentially the same kind of phenomenon that Josephus was describing. As astronomer Chandra Wickramasinghe points out, only a tailed comet can appear to stand over a place, its long upward-streaking tail seeming to point downwards to one particular location on the earth below see figs FIG The Great Comet of C/ K [Tebbutt as observed over the northern horizon on June /, a chromolithograph in The Trouvelot Astronomical Drawings by E tienne Le opold Trouvelot, Image credit University of Michigan Library/MLibrary Digital Collections. http //creativecommons.org/licenses/by/./. Inexpensive vacations 2016.