I chose the same quote as Ender’s Argument did:
The leader writers enlarged upon the topic; so that in most of the capitals of the world, on January 3rd, there was an expectation, however vague, of some imminent phenomenon in the sky; and as the night followed the sunset around the globe, thousands of men turned their eyes skyward to see—the old familiar stars just as they had always been.
However, what struck me about this quote was the way it seemed to dismiss the idea that mankind could easily and correctly predict the behavior of something totally out of scale to anything they’d experienced before—I think it reads as a criticism of that confidence.
Wells, H.G.. “The Star.” The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction. Ed. Arthur B. Evans, et. al. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2010. 41.