Usa trip for Long-haired stars were thought to be harbingers of disaster, usually the death of a king or an emperor. Similarly, P. A. H. Seymour dismisses the idea that the Star of Bethlehem was a comet on the ground that comets were always omens of death and disaster and never of happy things. Sumners and Allen echo this indictment of the comet view comets were considered harbingers of evil. Their appearances foretold war, pestilence, or the death of a ruler, not the birth of a king. Usa trip 2016.