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Friday, February 15, 2008

 

More Comet 17P Holmes

Image credit John Pane via Astronomy Picture of the Day.

This incredible image from John Pane shows the evolution of Comet 17P Holmes for over 3 months after its outburst. Amazingly, as little as two days ago Holmes could still be (just) seen with the unaided eye in the northern hemisphere. This is astounding persistence. Comet McNaught was the most spectacular comet for ages, but Comet Holes takes the cake for endurance.

Here's a fantastic image from Dave Kodama showing comet Holmes near the California Nebula. We should be in for some more great images of this comet.

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