The Comet -I Summary Class 8 English

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CBSE Class 8 English The Comet -I Summary

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The Comet – I is a story that revolves around the revelation of a comet whose discovery took place by Manoj Duttada. Duttada is an ambitious yet amateur astronomer who discovers a comet. The name of his telescope was Dibya Chakshu whose meaning is Divine eye. He spends most of his time with his telescope. His wife’s name was Indrani Debi who had a wish that this discovery didn’t take place. This was because she was superstitious by nature.

Duttada tried to assure his wife that comets are not responsible for the calamities that happen on Earth. Most noteworthy, a British astronomer made a claim that there will be a collision between the Earth and the comet. Also, the estimation was that this comet would collide with the Earth in exactly ten months. A decision was made to arrange for a conference of international experts to deal with it.

The Comet Part 1 Summary in English

The story Comet- I begin with a moonless night in December in which a cool breeze was flowing. There was a disturbance in the sleep of Indrani Debi due to this cool breeze. Indrani was the wife of Duttada, an amateur scientist.

Duttada was at this time observing stars with his telescope whose name was Dibya Chakshu. Duttada had not closed the door nor was he wearing a sweater. This is because he was too busy with his telescope.

To Indrani Debi, the telescope was like a cunning woman who took hold of her husband.  Duttada had a need for money to buy a telescope and spare time to observe the stars. Now at retirement, he had both.

Duttada had the ambition to discover a new comet. Comets can be new because they come from far away places of the solar system. The longish tail of a comet shines in the sunlight when it comes near the sun.

Duttada was optimistic about discovering a new comet because other professional astronomers were focusing more on galaxies. Then that night, Duttada was able to discover a new comet. Furthermore, there was no mistake in his calculations.

There was the publishing of Duttada’s discovery in the ‘Ananda Bazar Patrika’. Duttada had informed the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore about the location of the comet. Afterward, IIA made a confirmation of this discovery and the comet was named comet Dutta.

Duttada didn’t like many functions and receptions which he was made to attend due to his introvert nature. Furthermore, his wife said that comets bring bad luck and so she had a wish that this discovery never took place. Moreover, Duttada told her that comets had nothing to do with the problems on Earth.

In King’s College, Cambridge, a letter was received by James, an astronomer, which was sent by John Macpherson. John told James that he would like to meet him that night and that this matter must be confidential.

Sir John Macpherson gave James a typescript whose publishing was to take place in ‘Nature’. John told James that the editor of ‘Nature’ was his friend. This was an important manuscript whose publishing was to take place.

James had made a prediction that Comet Dutta would collide with earth. This would certainly be a great catastrophe. He told Sir John that his calculations were very accurate. With the exception of some rare circumstances, the collision would certainly take place.

This collision is going to take place in exactly ten months. This leaves living beings with only ten months only to survive. Sir John’s suggestion was that there should be a meeting of experts and that the matter must remain a secret to avoid panic. Sir John began to make preparations for an international conference.

Moral of The Comet- I: The Comet- I story tells us that not every discovery is necessarily delightful and that some could be disastrous.

The Comet Part 1 Summary in Hindi

दत्तादा कोई वैज्ञानिक या खगोलविद् नहीं थे। पर तारों को देखना समझना उनका शौक था। वे लम्बी रातें तारों का अध्ययन करने में बिताया करते थे। उनके जीवन में एक महत्वाकांक्षा थी कि एक नये धूमकेतु को खोज ले। उनकी तम्मन्ना थी कि उनके पास इतना पैसा हो जाये कि वह एक अच्छी दूरबीन खरीद ले तथा सितारों का अध्ययन करने के लिये उनके पास अवकाश हो। ये दोनों चीजें उन्हें नौकरी से अवकाश के बाद मिल गई। उन्होंने एक आठ इंच वाली दूरबीन अपनी गुप्त इच्छा की पूर्ति के लिये खरीद ली। वह जानते थे कि धूमकेतू सौरमण्डल से आते हैं। अन्य ग्रहों की भाँति वे भी सूर्य की परिक्रमा करते हैं। पर उनकी परिक्रमा असामान्य तरीके की होती है। वे युगों तक दृष्टि से ओझल हो जाते हैं।

उनकी पत्नी इन्द्राणी देवी उस दूरबीन को कोसती रहती थी। वह उसे दिव्या या दिव्य चक्षु कहती थी। उनके विचार से दूरबीन उनकी सौतन थी जिसने उनके पति को फाँस रखा था। दूरबीन उन्हें अपनी ही खोजखबर नहीं रखने देती, न ही वह जीने की व्यावहारिक समस्याओं की ओर ध्यान देते थे। वह ठण्ड से अपना बचाव भी नहीं करते थे।

पेशेवर खगोल शास्त्री बड़ी दूरबीनों का इस्तेमाल करते थे। उनके सामने भला आठ इंच दूरबीन से किस प्रकार नये-नये पुच्छल तारों को देख पाना संभव था। फिर भी दत्तादा को आशा थी। वह जानते थे कि बड़े वैज्ञानिक तो प्रमुख रुप से मद्धिम तारों पर दृष्टि रखते हैं। वे धूमकेतु जैसी तुच्छ चीजों को अनदेखा कर देते हैं।

एक रात को एक नया धूमकेतू दिख गया। दो दिन बाद यह समाचार अखबार में छपा कि एक कलकत्तावासी मनोज दत्ता ने एक नया धूमकेतु खोज लिया है और उसकी सूचना बैंगलौर स्थित भारतीय खगोल भौतिकी संस्थान को दे दी है। उनकी खोज की पुष्टि हो गई। वह धूमकेतु पृथ्वी की ओर आ रहा है और कुछेक माह में नंगी आँखों से देखा जा सकेगा। इसका नाम रखा गया ‘दत्ता धूमकेतु’। वह विख्यात हस्ती हो गये।

दत्तादा को बधाईयाँ दी गईं। परन्तु अपने सम्मान में आयोजित समारोह उसे पसन्द नहीं थे। उनकी इच्छा थी कि उन्हें वह धमकेतु, नहीं खोजना चाहिए था। उनकी पत्नी भी उनसे सहमत हो गयी परन्तु उसका कारण अलग था। वह अत्यधिक शिक्षित थी, परन्तु अन्धविश्वासी थी। उसे भय था कि धूमकेतु पृथ्वी पर दुर्भाग्य तथा आपदाएँ लाते हैं।

केम्ब्रिज विश्वविद्यालय में Dr. James Forsyth को संदेश मिला कि वह अंग्रेजी सरकार के सुरक्षा सलाहकार John Macpherrson से आकर मिले। सर जॉन ने एक लेख उन्हें दिखाया जिसे James ने ही लिखकर ‘Nature’ पत्रिका में छपने के लिए भेजा था। यह बहुत महत्त्वपूर्ण था क्योंकि जेम्स ने भविष्यवाणी की थी कि दत्ता-कॉमेट पृथ्वी से टकरायेगा तथा पृथ्वी को नष्ट कर देगा।

इस टकराव को टाला जा सकता है यदि वह सूर्य के निकट आने पर चूर-चूर हो जाये अथवा वह किसी अन्य धूमकेतु से टकरा कर नष्ट हो जाये। यह त्रासदी दस माह में घट सकती है।

यह निर्णय लिया गया कि पृथ्वी को बचाने के लिये विशेषज्ञों की एक सभा बुलाई जाये। उन्हें घातक धूमकेतु को अपने रास्ते से हटाने के लिये कोई न कोई उपाय करना जरुरी था।

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