Philippulus the Prophet is an Astronomer who first appeared in The Shooting Star. After observing a Ball of Fire heading towards Earth, Philippulus foes insane, dresses himself in White Sheets and goes around Town beating a Gong and claiming to be a Prophet tasked with announcing the end of the World to others. However, when the Meteor missed the Earth, he regains his sanity and tells Tintin that he actually made a big mistake and said sorry to everybody. The recovered Madman accepted to be a Member of the Aurora Expedition looking for a fallen fragment of the Shooting Star in the Artic Ocean.

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