Astronomers at the Universität Achselfraktur have been electrified by their confirmation of the report from Saxony of Johann Georg Palitzsch's Christmas sighting of a new star in the firmament, believed to be that predicted by the calculations of the Britannian natural philosopher Dr. Halley in 1705. While the star is currently only visible as a point, it is believed that it will resolve itself into a comet in the coming months, and may even become visible in daylight, as in the speculative painting provided by our artists above.
What portent this conveys for its terrestrial observers remains to be seen. While the last appearance of the comet, if this is indeed proven to be the same one, augured the Ottoman campaign culminating in the siege of Vienna, Msgr. de Chiaroscuro, S.J., Tutor and Confessor to the Ducal Household, strongly condemns any attempts to cast horoscopes--particularly those of members of the Ducal Household, which remains punishable by death--or to divine by similar means the fate of individuals, the Duchy or Christendom at large from such celestial phenomena.