Friday, November 02, 2007

Images: Comet bursts into view | CNET News.com

Images: Comet bursts into view | CNET News.com:
"Last week Comet Holmes was just another fuzzball you could only see with a telescope--until it suddenly brightened a million times in a few hours. Now, you can easily see it with the naked eye, it's still expanding, and it has even changed color. ..."

When Comet 17P/Holmes was first discovered in 1892, it showed a magnitude change much like its 2007 visit to our neighborhood. Its orbital period is roughly 6.9 years, so it evidently does not traverse a major part of our galaxy.


If you can find the Big Dipper, you should be able to find
Comet Holmes over the next week or so.


All-in-all, this has been a pretty good season for interesting astronomical observations.

2 comments:

Stushie said...

I've enjoyed watching this for the past couple of nights, Denis. It makes me want to praise God even more.

Denis Hancock said...

I quite agree. Like the previous posting, these provide "Psalm 8" moments for me.