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Monday, October 29, 2007


Comet 17P/Holmes Still Going Strong.

Here in Adelaide we have been having storms and gale force winds, so seeing comet 17P/Holmes has been out of the question. A lot of Eastern Australia seems socked in too. However, comet Holes is still relatively bright, around magnitude 2.2 to 2.5. So if you have the chance, have a look, a downloadable spotters chart for the Southern Hemisphere is here.

Here is a great animation of development of comet Holmes, some fantastic images from the Arkansas Sky Observatory (scroll down). Some more images here, some from Carl Hergenrother here, and some stunning ones from Dan Lessmann. The Bad Astronomer has a nice shot through his scope. Tom has a very nice telescopic image too. And here are some comet pictures from Dave Herald in Australia

With all the excitement over Holmes, don't forget comet LONEOS.

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